The charges are withholding of information, concealment of documents, conspiracy to obstruct justice and false statements.
The Republican Party shows its support for the former president
The former president of the United States Donald Trump has reported this Thursday of the imputation of him for handling classified information after he left the country’s presidency, as the former president himself has published on his Truth Social account.
“The corrupt Biden administration has informed my lawyers that I have been indicted, apparently for the hoax of the boxes –of classified documents– (…) I never thought it possible that something like this could happen to a former president of United States (…) This is a DARK DAY for the United States. We are a country in serious and rapid decline, but together we will make America great again! “Trump has published.
For his part, US President Joe Biden stated at a press conference that he did not suggest to the Department of Justice what he should do “not once.”
The US Justice has charged the ex-president with deliberate withholding of national defense information, corrupt concealment of documents, conspiracy to obstruct justice and making false statements, according to sources consulted by ABC News.
Donald Trump’s lawyer Jim Trusty has confirmed that the former leader has been charged with seven counts. “It’s not 100 percent clear that these are all separate charges, but they basically stem from one Espionage Act charge,” he told CNN.
Secret Service officials will meet this Friday with Trump’s legal team and security agents to develop a plan for his trip and appearance in federal court, according to a law enforcement official, as reported by CBS.
Donald Trump, who this year was the first former president of the United States to be criminally charged in the case of the alleged bribery of porn actress Stormy Daniels, thus becomes the first in US history to be indicted on federal criminal charges, according to the American newspaper ‘The Hill’.
The former president has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and has also assured that he had the right to have documents that he had already “unilaterally declassified without going through any formal process.”
“Joe Biden has 1,850 boxes at the University of Delaware, additional boxes in Chinatown, Washington, and even more boxes at the University of Pennsylvania, and documents scattered all over the garage floor where he parks his Corvette, and which is ‘protected’ only by a paper-thin garage door open most of the time,” Trump said on social media.
However, ‘The Hill’ has ensured that the president’s team notified Justice Department officials about it and that it is cooperating with an ongoing investigation.
US authorities have found more than 300 classified trademark documents at Trump’s residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida. Most of the document investigation has been conducted by a Washington grand jury.
The grand jury’s decision came after months of investigation by the Justice Department, in an investigation led by special counsel Jack Smith, who is also investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol and Trump’s attempts to obstruct the change in the country’s Presidency, according to NBC News.
The former president also faces several investigations, including falsifying business records related to his alleged role in hush money payments toward the end of his 2016 presidential campaign and another related to the 2020 election.
PROBLEMS IN THE RACE TO THE WHITE HOUSE
The indictment in this case may affect the political campaign of Trump, who is the favorite in the polls to be the candidate of the Republican Party in the 2024 presidential elections, and in which he faces numerous candidates with great popularity, such as the Florida Governor Ron DeSantis; former Vice President Mike Pence; South Carolina Senator Tim Scott or North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum.
However, he could maintain his candidacy despite being convicted, since the United States Constitution does not contemplate the exclusion of people found guilty from running for the Presidency of the country, legal analyst Kate Shaw has declared to ABC News.
GOP SUPPORT OF TRUMP
The leaders and members of the Republican Party have shown support for Trump both on social networks and in statements to the media.
“The politicization of federal law enforcement poses a deadly threat to a free society. For years we have witnessed uneven law enforcement based on political affiliation. Why so fervent in pursuing Trump but so passive about Hillary or Hunter?” DeSantis questioned on his Twitter account.
“The DeSantis administration will be accountable to the Department of Justice, eliminate political bias, and end politicization once and for all,” he said.
For his part, McCarthy has assured on social networks that it is “a dark day for the US”, and has shown his support for the former president in a case that he considers “inconceivable”.
Florida State Senator Marco Rubio, who was defeated by Trump in the Republican elections ahead of the 2016 presidential election, has also shown his solidarity.