An unprecedented development that is likely to agitate the ongoing 2024 presidential election is the indictment of former President Donald Trump on charges related to the federal investigation into how he handled confidential government records after leaving the White House. The allegations were confirmed to CBS News by two American officials and Trump’s lawyer.
In three tweets to his account on Truth Social, Trump claimed that the Justice Department’s attorneys had notified him that he had been charged with a crime related to the “boxes hoax” and that he had been summoned to appear in court in Miami on Tuesday. The arraignment was verified to CBS News by two persons familiar with the situation.
“I never imagined that a former president of the United States, who received more votes than any other president in our nation’s history and who is currently leading all candidates in polls for the 2024 presidential election, both Democrats and Republicans, could experience such a thing. I AM AN INNOCENT MAN!” he exclaimed.
To create a plan for his travel and appearance in federal court, U.S. Secret Service personnel will consult with Trump’s staff, security guards, and Secret Service assigned to the former president’s detail on Friday, a law enforcement official said.
Trump is accused with seven counts, according to sources
The charges, the first to result from special counsel Jack Smith’s investigations, were not immediately obvious in their exact nature. A seven-count indictment accusing the former president of conspiracy, obstruction, and the preservation of information related to national defense, according to three persons familiar with the investigation.
Over the previous three weeks, there were numerous indications that special counsel Jack Smith’s inquiry into Trump’s handling of the documents was coming to a close. Trump recently got a letter from Smith’s office alerting him that he was the subject of a criminal investigation, which indicated that an indictment was almost certainly imminent. Before a meeting at the Department of Justice on Monday, where they hoped to convince officials not to charge the former president with any crimes related to the investigation, Trump’s attorneys were seen in Washington.
Will the indictment hurt Trump?
While a Yahoo News/YouGov poll conducted in April found that Trump had increased support from Republican voters following his first indictment in New York on charges related to his alleged payment of hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels, it is unclear how a second indictment will affect his party.
Trump didn’t take long to try to improve his status by leveraging the news of his most recent indictment.
“The United States of America is truly facing a DARK DAY. He wrote on Truth Social, “We are a Country in Serious and Rapid Decline, but collectively we will Make America Great Again.
In response to the recent news, his campaign also sprang into action in an effort to gather money.