The former president of the United States Donald Trump was indicted in the federal investigation into his handling of classified documents after leaving the White House. This was announced by the former president himself on his social network, where he described the fact as “a dark day” for your country. Later, judicial sources confirmed to AP y The New York Times that these are seven charges in the framework of the investigation carried out by special prosecutor Jack Smith.
“The corrupt Biden administration informed my lawyers that I was accused, apparently about the matter of the boxes,” Trump wrote on his network Truth Social when specifying that he was summoned to appear at a federal court in Miami on Tuesday for his second indictmentafter the one in March, for payment to a porn actress.
“I never thought something like this could happen to a former president. of the United States”, he wrote. And, launched in his campaign for the presidential elections of 2024, the tycoon added: “Indeed, it is a DARK DAY for the United States. We are a serious and rapidly declining country, but together we are going to make it great again.”
According The New York Timesis about the first time a US president has faced federal charges.
Although there was no official confirmation from the Department of Justice, a source informed both the New York newspaper and the agency AP that there are seven charges, including obstruction of justice, withholding of national defense secrets in violation of the Espionage Act, and perjury.
“Trump, in his Bedminster fort surrounded by loyal“, the chain described the situation CNN when breaking the news.
Boxes with “top secret” documents: what the investigation in which Donald Trump was charged is about
The case dates back to Trump’s stormy exit from the White Housefrom which he took whole boxes with documents inside.
In January 2022, the researchers achieved retrieve a first batch of 15 boxes. In June, Trump aides voluntarily handed over a second shipment.
And in a raid last August, the FBI took 11,000 pages of the house in Mar-a-Lago that the businessman has in Palm Beach, in the center of Florida’s Atlantic coast. Weeks later it was learned that among the material there were more than 30 classified documents.
This Thursday Trump was in Bedminster, New Jersey. According to a person familiar with the situation, lThe former president’s lawyers were contacted by prosecutors shortly before the tycoon announced on his Truth Social platform that he had been prosecuted.
Prosecutors accuse him of having kept entire boxes of documents, including some classified as “top secret” after his departure from Washington in 2021, and have refused to return its, violating federal laws.
The initial batch of documents recovered by former President Donald Trump’s National Archives in January included more than 150 marked classified, relating to the CIA, the National Security Agency and the FBI. After the raid in August 2022, that number rose to more than 300.
Throughout the investigation, Trump allies insisted that the president had a “standing order” to declassify material that left the Oval Office for the White House residence, and claimed that the General Services Administration did not Trump’s staff filled the boxes with the documents.
According to the Presidential Records Law, all official material remains the property of the government and must be turned over to the archives at the end of a president’s term.
“Witch hunt”: what Donald Trump said about the accusations
A resolution was expected in the investigation into the boxes with documents that Trump took to his properties at the end of his term in the White House. Rumors began to spread after he revealed that he had been informed by federal justice that he is investigated for handling classified files from the White House.
It was the former president himself who announced this Thursday afternoon that he had been charged. He did it with a strong discharge, in which spared no criticism against the current US president Joe Biden.
“The corrupt administration of Biden informed my lawyers that I have been indicted, apparently for the trick of the boxesdespite Biden having 1,850 Boxes at the University of Delaware, additional boxes in Chinatown, DC, with even more boxes at the University of Pennsylvania, and scattered documents all over the floor of your garage where you park your Corvette, and that it is ‘secured’ only by a garage door that is thin as paper and is open most of the time,” he wrote angrily on his social network. Truth Social.
Trump assured that he was summoned to appear in Miami on Tuesday at 3 in the afternoon. AND maintained his innocence.
“I never thought it possible that something like this could happen to a former president of the United States, who received far more votes than any sitting president in the history of our country, and currently leads by far all candidatesboth Democrats and Republicans, in polls for the 2024 Presidential Elections. I AM AN INNOCENT MAN!”, he emphasized, with his usual style of referencing himself in the third person and shifting the focus to a political and campaign level.
“Indeed, this is a DARK DAY for the United States of America. We are a serious country and rapid declinebut together we will make America great again!” he continued haranguing.
And he closed with a video accompanied by a message that summarized his position. “I am an innocent man. The Biden administration is totally corrupt. This is a election interference and a continuation of Witch hunt greatest of all time”, closed.
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