Miami (USA). He has been indicted in connection with the discovery of classified documents at former US President Donald Trump’s Florida residence. Following the development, he would be the first former president in US history to face criminal charges from the federal government. It is expected to be made public by the Justice Department ahead of his court appearance next week. It is noteworthy that the campaign for the 2024 presidential election has been affected by this criminal prosecution in several states. If Trump is convicted by the court, he is also likely to be sentenced to jail. However, its many political consequences will also be seen.
Trump’s hopes for the Republican Party’s candidacy for the presidential election may be dashed. It is noteworthy that he has been at the forefront of this race so far. The Justice Department did not immediately publicly confirm the indictment, but two people familiar with the development said the indictment includes seven criminal counts. One of the people said prosecutors had contacted Trump’s lawyers. Shortly thereafter, it was announced on the ‘Truth Social’ platform that Trump had been indicted.
The impeachment appears to be the most politically complex case in the long history of the Justice Department. Within 20 minutes of the announcement, Trump began raising funds for his 2024 presidential campaign. “I am innocent,” he said in a video message, reiterating that the investigation was designed to implicate him. The case could pose yet another challenge for Trump as he has also been indicted in a case in New York and is facing additional investigations in Washington and Atlanta that could also lead to criminal charges. The indictment follows a months-long investigation by special counsel Jack Smith.
Smith was investigating whether Trump broke the law by moving hundreds of classified documents to his Palm Beach residence Mar-a-Lago or obstructed the government’s effort to obtain records. Prosecutors said Trump took some 300 classified documents to his Mar-a-Lago residence after leaving the White House. These included nearly 100 documents seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) during a search of his residence in August last year.
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