(ConcernedPatriot.com) – Federal charges have been filed against former President Trump due to Special Counsel Jack Smith’s lengthy investigation have been brought against him.
Trump is accused of mishandling documents and obstructing justice on at least seven federal offenses.
He has been told to show up in Miami federal court on Tuesday. The indictment was announced by Trump on his Truth Social social media channel.
“Joe Biden has 1850 boxes at the University of Delaware, additional boxes in Chinatown, D.C., with even more boxes at the University of Pennsylvania, and documents were strewn all over his garage floor where he parks his Corvette and which is “secured” by only a garage door that is paper thin and open most of the time,” Trump said on Truth Social.
“The corrupt Biden Administration has informed my attorneys that I have been Indicted, seemingly over the Boxes Hoax,” he added.
🚨BREAKING: Trump releases video in response to being indicted. pic.twitter.com/6StqKmHIfP
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) June 9, 2023
Trump attorney Alina Habba just said
"When your name is Donald Trump, when you're leading in the polls, you are going to get hit hard. You are going to get indicted until you can't take it anymore. But they picked the wrong guy.”
I STAND WITH TRUMP. pic.twitter.com/9LlcUEZqzd
— Graham Allen (@GrahamAllen_1) June 9, 2023
In his statement, Trump stated that he has “been summoned to appear at the Federal Courthouse in Miami on Tuesday, at 3 PM.”
Trump has been charged twice already this year. In April, Trump entered a not-guilty plea after being charged by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg with 34 felonies of first-degree business record falsification.
President Trump has been INDICTED in Special Counsel Probe.
— Jesse Watters (@JesseBWatters) June 9, 2023
Trump wrote on Twitter, “I never thought it possible that such a thing 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 is currently leading, by a wide margin, all Candidates, both Democrat and Republican, in Polls of the 2024 Presidential Election. “I AM A MAN OF INNOCENT!”
“This is indeed a DARK DAY for the United States of America,” Trump continued.
“We are a nation that is seriously and quickly declining, but by working together, we can make America great once more.”
Smith was chosen by Attorney General Merrick Garland to look into Trump’s alleged unlawful storage of confidential data at his Mar-a-Lago residence in November 2022.
After the FBI executed an unusual raid on his private property in August 2022, the Justice Department began looking into the situation.
Trump brought 15 cartons of presidential records to his Florida mansion, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) informed Congress in February 2022.
The 15 boxes were found by NARA when they extricated them from Mar-a-Lago, and they “identified items marked as classified national security information within the boxes.” NARA forwarded the case to the Justice Department.
Those boxes allegedly held formal correspondence between Trump and foreign heads of state and “classified national security information.”
A letter from Kim Jong Un to Trump, a menu for a birthday meal, and a cocktail napkin were among the classified items that the FBI purportedly seized during its raid in August.
In the past, Trump has claimed that the National Archives did not “find” the records; instead, they were “given, upon request.”
“There was “no need” for the raid,” according to sources close to the former President, adding that “he had been cooperating.”
In the 15 boxes, Trump first gave to the NARA, the FBI’s inquiry “established that documents bearing classification markings, which appear to contain National Defense Information (NDI) were among the materials contained,” according to the affidavit.
“A preliminary triage of the documents with classification markings revealed the following approximate numbers: 184 unique documents bearing classification markings, including 67 documents marked as CONFIDENTIAL, 92 documents marked as SECRET, and 25 documents marked as TOP SECRET,” according to the affidavit.
According to the unsealed and heavily redacted affidavit used to support the raid, the FBI claimed it had “probable cause to believe” that additional records containing classified information, including National Defense Information, would be discovered on the grounds of the Mar-a-Lago residence beyond what he had already turned over to the NARA.
The property receipt from the FBI raid on August 8, 2022, states that over 20 boxes of materials were taken from the location by FBI agents, including a set of documents identified as “Various classified/TS/SCI documents,” which stands for top secret/sensitive compartmented information.
Records with that level of government classification may contain information relating to human intelligence or information that, if made public, might endanger international relations, the lives of intelligence agents deployed abroad, or both.
However, the categorization also includes data on national security pertaining to the President of the United States’ everyday activities.
The property receipt also noted the collecting of four sets of top-secret records, three sets of secret documents, and three sets of confidential records by FBI agents.
However, it contains no information regarding any of those items. The government searched because it thought there had been a breach of federal law:
- Gathering, transferring, or losing defense information is prohibited by 18 USC 793.
- Concealment, removal, or mutilation is prohibited by 18 USC 2071.
- Destruction, alteration, or fabrication of data in federal investigations is prohibited by 18 USC 1519.
According to the Espionage Act, “gathering, transmitting, or losing defense information” is an accusation.
The charge follows last year’s discovery of confidential documents in President Biden’s office at the Penn Biden Center.
These documents came while serving in the U.S. Senate and as vice president during the Obama administration.
Garland initially selected U.S. Attorney John Lausch to review the sensitive documents found at the Penn Biden Center at the time.
More secret documents were discovered at Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware, home in December but weren’t made public until this year.
Robert Hur, an assistant U.S. attorney general, was eventually named by Garland as special counsel to look into Biden’s inappropriate retention of secret documents. Hur replaced Lausch as the head of the DOJ probe.
Additionally, secret documents were discovered at former vice president Mike Pence’s Indiana residence.
Following the Justice Department’s investigation into the case, Fox News announced last week that Pence will not face any charges.
There’s still so much unknown over the special counsel probe on Biden.
Classified documents from Joe Biden’s Senate tenure were found at his house. It’s a pile of incompetence on top of incompetence on top of sloppiness on top of irresponsibility— to use the president’s own word. pic.twitter.com/tfQCo2VigS
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 24, 2023
Additionally, Smith assumed control of the Justice Department’s inquiry into the Capitol disturbance on January 6, 2021.
In that capacity, he investigated any interference by Trump or other authorities with the democratically elected President of the United States in 2020, including ratifying the Electoral College vote on that day.
The White House chose not to respond.
This is a developing story.
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