(FeaturedNews.com) – Former President Trump is currently facing federal charges that have emerged from an investigation conducted by Special Counsel Jack Smith over the course of several months.
The indictment against Trump, lists him as a criminal defendant and accuses him of multiple counts, including obstruction of justice, conspiracy, and illegal retention of classified government material. A federal court in Miami has issued an order for Trump to appear on Tuesday.
Interestingly, Trump himself announced the indictment on his social media platform, Truth Social. According to sources, federal prosecutors informed Trump’s lawyers of the indictment shortly before he made it public.
In his statement on Truth Social, Trump criticized the Biden Administration, suggesting that his indictment is related to what he calls the “Boxes Hoax.” He claimed that President Biden possesses numerous boxes at the University of Delaware, additional boxes in Chinatown, D.C., and even more boxes at the University of Pennsylvania. Trump also alleged the presence of scattered documents in Biden’s garage, which he contends lacks adequate security. He revealed that he has been summoned to appear in federal court in Miami on Tuesday at 3 PM.
This marks the second indictment Trump has faced this year. In April, he pleaded not guilty to 34 felony charges of falsifying business records in the first degree, as brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
Expressing astonishment, Trump remarked that he never imagined such a scenario for a former President of the United States, who garnered more votes than any sitting President in the country’s history and currently leads all candidates, Democrat and Republican, in polls for the 2024 Presidential Election. Trump emphatically asserted his innocence and characterized the day as a dark one for the United States. He concluded with a commitment to “Make America Great Again” in collaboration with his supporters.
In November 2022, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Jack Smith to investigate allegations that Trump improperly retained classified records at his Mar-a-Lago residence. The Justice Department initiated the investigation following an unprecedented FBI raid on Trump’s private residence in August 2022.
In February 2022, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) informed Congress that Trump had taken 15 boxes of presidential records to his personal residence in Florida. NARA subsequently retrieved these boxes from Mar-a-Lago and discovered items marked as classified national security information. As a result, NARA referred the matter to the Justice Department.
During the August raid, the FBI reportedly confiscated classified materials, including a letter from former President Obama to Trump, a letter from Kim Jong Un, a birthday dinner menu, and a cocktail napkin. Trump claimed that he had not concealed the documents and had willingly provided them upon request. Sources close to Trump maintained that he had been cooperative and questioned the necessity of the raid.
The FBI investigation confirmed the presence of documents bearing classification markings and containing National Defense Information (NDI) within the 15 boxes initially handed over by Trump to NARA.
On the evening of June 8, Donald Trump was officially indicted in the classified documents scandal.
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