Department of Justice Indicts Trump In Classified Document Probe
The Department of Justice has indicted former U.S. President Donald J. Trump on seven counts in the special counsel’s classified documents probe, a stunning development that marks the first time a former president has faced federal charges, according to CNN.
While the charges have not been disclosed to the public, Trump’s attorney Jim Trusty said Trump is facing a charge under the Espionage Act, as well as charges of obstruction of justice, destruction or falsification of records, conspiracy and false statements.
Since is defeat to President Joe Biden, Trump has been placed under series of investigation and one of them is by the special counsel for handling of classified documents that were brought to his Mar-a-Lago Florida resort after he left the White House in 2021, as well as possible obstruction of the investigation and government efforts to retrieve the material.
The former president himself broke the news of his indictment on Truth Social, his social media platform that he created after he was banned from Twitter. He said that he had been informed by the Justice Department he was indicted and that he was “summoned to appear at the Federal Courthouse in Miami on Tuesday, at 3 PM.”
“The corrupt Biden Administration has informed my attorneys that I have been Indicted, seemingly over the Boxes Hoax,” Trump wrote.
The charges against Trump come just seven months since Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Jack Smith as a special counsel after Trump announced he was running for president, in order to keep the investigation independent from the Biden Justice Department.
Now Trump will face federal charges from the special counsel at the same time that he is trying to unseat President Joe Biden in next year’s presidential election.