Trump: For The First Time Ever A US President Is Indicted
By YASHWANT RAJ
WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) –
Former US President Donald Trump has been indicted on multiple federal criminal charges related to his handling of classified documents during his presidency. Trump, the first former President in US history to face such charges, announced his indictment through a post on his social media platform, Truth Social, on June 8.
Referring to the boxes of documents he took from the White House to his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida at the end of his presidency, which were said to contain classified files, Trump wrote, “I have been indicted, seemingly over the Boxes Hoax.”
In a subsequent post and video, Trump emphatically declared his innocence, using capital letters, a rhetorical style he is known for. He is currently in his Bedminster home in New Jersey, conferring with his advisors, and is scheduled to appear at the federal courthouse in Miami on June 6.
The details of the indictment will be revealed when it is unsealed at that time, with reports from US media suggesting that Trump faces seven criminal charges, including conspiracy to obstruct justice and willful retention of documents.
Trump has attempted to portray the indictment as a politically motivated move by President Joe Biden, who defeated him in the 2020 presidential election. Trump is running again and is the frontrunner for the Republican nomination in the 2024 election.
This indictment adds to Trump’s growing list of legal troubles. Previously, he became the first American President to face criminal charges when he was accused of 37 counts in a case in New York, his birthplace and primary residence, related to paying off an adult film star to keep quiet about an alleged affair, which he has publicly denied.
Furthermore, Trump has faced setbacks in civil cases, including a defamation lawsuit filed by a columnist who accused him of raping her in the 1990s. Additionally, he is under federal investigation for his alleged role in the assault on the US Congress on January 6, 2021, and is the subject of a state investigation in Georgia for his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in that state.