Donald Trump Indicted For Second Time, Faces Charges Over Documents Probe
Former President Donald Trump is now the first U.S. President to face federal criminal charges after a Florida grand jury indicted him Thursday over the mishandling of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate. According to reports, he faces at least seven charges, including obstruction of justice, conspiracy, and illegally retaining classified government material. He is due to appear in federal court in Miami on Tuesday.
Trump himself first indicated that he had been indicted in a series of Truth Social posts Thursday evening,
“The corrupt Biden Administration has informed my attorneys that I have been Indicted, seemingly over the Boxes Hoax, even though 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 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 much of the time.”
In a separate post, he continued,
“I have been summoned to appear at the Federal Courthouse in Miami on Tuesday, at 3 PM. 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 far, all Candidates, both Democrat and Republican, in Polls of the 2024 Presidential Election. I AM AN INNOCENT MAN!”
The former President added, “This is indeed a DARK DAY for the United States of America. We are a Country in serious and rapid Decline, but together we will Make America Great Again!”
🚨BREAKING🚨President Trump announces on Truth that he’s being indicted by the Biden DOJ
He must report to the Miami federal courthouse next Tuesday at 3 PM
I never thought I’d live in a country that arrests the leading candidate for President
This is a DARK day for the US pic.twitter.com/0gDRHq29bK
— DC_Draino (@DC_Draino) June 8, 2023
The grand jury vote marks the second time that Trump has been indicted this year, after the Manhattan District Attorney’s office charged him in March with 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in the first degree. In April, he pleaded not guilty.
The latest slew of charges follows a months-long investigation by Special Counsel Jack Smith into storing classified documents at the former President’s Palm Beach residence. Under the direction of Attorney General Merrick Garland, the FBI launched a raid on the property last August, seizing 26 boxes of material.
“I AM AN INNOCENT MAN. THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION IS TOTALLY CORRUPT. THIS IS ELECTION INTERFERENCE & A CONTINUATION OF THE GREATEST WITCH HUNT OF ALL TIME. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!” ~ Donald Trump
It is no coincidence that President Trump was indicted the same day damning evidence against President Biden’s corruption emerged.
The weaponized DOJ is once again tipping the scales in their political favor.
We must end this weaponization to restore faith in our institutions
— Rep. Mike Johnson (@RepMikeJohnson) June 9, 2023
This is our two-tiered Justice system on full display. The Biden DOJ buries investigations of President Biden and his family while it charges his political rivals. Making America look like a banana republic is incredibly irresponsible.
— Senator Bill Hagerty (@SenatorHagerty) June 9, 2023
On very same day the FBI agreed to allow members of the Oversight Committee to review documents tying Joe Biden to a $5 Million bribery scheme with a foreign national, President Trump is informed that he will be indicted by Biden’s DOJ.
— Wesley Hunt (@WesleyHuntTX) June 9, 2023
There is no limit to what these people will do to protect their power & destroy those who threaten it, even if it means ripping our country apart & shredding public faith in the institutions that hold our republic together
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 9, 2023
The indictment against Trump comes amid a separate special counsel investigation into storing multiple batches of classified documents in both the private office and Delaware home of President Joe Biden. Last fall, the President’s attorneys recovered approximately 25 to 30 classified documents and turned them over to the National Archives. The outcome of the investigation is still pending.
Classified documents had also been discovered in the Indiana home of former Vice President Mike Pence. Still, the Justice Department concluded last week that it would not pursue charges following an investigation.
Shortly after Trump announced that he was being indicted, Governor Ron DeSantis responded on Twitter, calling the charges a “Weaponization of federal law enforcement [that] represents a mortal threat to a free society.”
“We have for years witnessed an uneven application of the law depending upon political affiliation. Why so zealous in pursuing Trump yet so passive about Hillary or Hunter? The DeSantis administration will bring accountability to the DOJ, excise political bias and end weaponization once and for all.”
The weaponization of federal law enforcement represents a mortal threat to a free society.
We have for years witnessed an uneven application of the law depending upon political affiliation.
Why so zealous in pursuing Trump yet so passive about Hillary or Hunter?
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantis) June 9, 2023
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