Federal authorities are investigating Trump for the handling of classified documents after he leaves the White House in 2021.
The investigations are led by Special Investigator Jack Smith.
In August 2022, FBI agents entered Trump’s residence Mar-a-Lago in Florida and found around 13,000 documents.
100 of the documents were marked as secret. This despite the fact that Trump’s lawyers had previously said that all classified documents had been handed over to the US authorities
Two weeks ago it became known that employees at Trump’s residence in Florida had been asked to move documents shortly before the FBI got there.
According to the Washington Post, Trump is also said to have left classified documents visible in his office and is said to have shown them to visitors.
Arrived faster than expected
The Department of Justice has not confirmed that Trump will be indicted.
But many American media, such as the New York Times and CNN, report that the former president has been told that he will be indicted on seven counts and that the indictment will be announced on Tuesday.
It is not known what the individual charges are.
The news comes just one day after it became known that Trump had received a letter from the Ministry of Justice. There it was confirmed that he is under
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Trial in Miami
Trump has already been indicted by the authorities in New York for having paid kickbacks to a porn actor before the 2016 election.
Both the New York Times and Trump himself write that he will appear in court in Miami, Florida on Tuesday 13 June to have the indictment read out. Many had expected that Trump would be indicted in Washington DC.
But since Trump lives in Florida, the authorities have decided that the case against Trump will be tried by a jury there.
This could have political significance, according to CNN’s legal commentator.
He explains that Trump has stronger support in Florida, where he won the presidential election, than in Washington DC. There he only got around five percent of the vote in 2020.
The Department of Justice may have wanted to add the case to Florida to make it more politically neutral.
Can still be a presidential candidate
It may take time before a trial comes up, and Donald Trump also wants to have the right to appeal if he is convicted.
Thus, a legal process against Trump in this case will not be concluded before the presidential election next year.
Trump has a large lead over the other Republican candidates for 2024 so far, and the lead widened after he was indicted in New York in April.
The former president has long claimed that the Department of Justice and the FBI are exposing him to a witch hunt.
In a video on Truth Social posted Thursday night, Trump says he is innocent and wants to prove he is as soon as possible.
– This is called election interference. They are trying to destroy a reputation so they can win an election,” Trump says in the video.
Will get huge media coverage
The indictment against Trump comes in the same week that several other Republicans have decided to challenge him for the presidential nomination.
One of them is Trump’s own former vice president, Mike Pence.
On Wednesday, Pence took a sharp stand with his former boss. He said Trump, after storming Congress, told him to put Donald Trump before the US Constitution.
Trump’s strongest challenger so far is called Ron DeSantis, and he is the governor of precisely Florida, where a federal trial against Trump will now probably take place.
DeSantis criticizes the indictment against Trump on Twitter:
– This arming of the federal judiciary is a moral threat to a free society.
DeSantis wonders why Trump is being investigated by the Justice Department, while Joe Biden’s son Hunter and Hillary Clinton are not subjected to the same.
Trump will now get a lot of media attention in the next week, and he has won on that so far in the election campaign.
According to CNN, security has already been greatly increased around the courthouse in Miami, where Donald Trump will probably arrive on Tuesday.
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