A federal grand jury has indicted Donald Trump in connection to the classified documents investigation. Seven charges have been filed against Former President Trump, according to Fox News. The charges include obstruction, mishandling documents, and conspiracy.
Former President Trump posted on his Truth Social page, that he has been summoned to appear in Federal Court on June 13th. Trump wrote, “The corrupt Biden Administration has informed my attorneys that I have been Indicted, seemingly over the Boxes Hoax.” This indictment comes after Trump’s legal team met with the Justice Department on Monday.
The indictment stems from the classified documents probe, alleging that Former President Trump had mishandled classified documents after leaving the Oval Office. The investigation began after the National Archives alerted the FBI that documents that Trump had returned contained 184 classified documents that he should not have had in his possession after he left office in 2021. This probe included the raiding of Mar-a-Lago, which uncovered more than 300 documents, with more than 100 classified documents, in Trump’s possession.
Allies to the Defense
Republicans in Congress have been quick to defend Trump. Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who leads Judiciary Committee, had threatened to cut the DOJ and FBI funding if they target Trump. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) called for reform of the FBI, even floating the idea of breaking up the agency.
An indictment and even a prison sentence does not mean that Trump is disqualified from running for President in 2024. He would not be the first person to do so. Socialist Eugene V. Debs ran for President in 1920 from a prison cell.