Former US President Donald Trump calls out Joe Biden for weaponising the Justice Department and perpetuating the “Boxes Hoax”
Former US president Donald Trump revealed on Thursday that the federal government intends to charge him over alleged improprieties involving classified documents, calling it a “Boxes Hoax.”
“The corrupt Biden administration has informed my attorneys that I have been indicted,” Trump said in a post on his social media platform Truth Social. The 45th president added that he received a summons to appear at a federal court in Miami, Florida next Tuesday.
The US Department of Justice has not commented on the matter.
The “boxes hoax” appears to be a reference to the boxes of documents the FBI seized last August at his Mar-a-Lago residence. The DOJ has said that the former president may have improperly taken some classified documents with him after leaving the White House in January 2021.
Trump has pointed to the fact that the current president turned out to have hundreds of boxes with classified documents – from his time as Barack Obama’s VP – at the University of Delaware, University of Pennsylvania, offices in DC, and “documents strewn all over his garage floor where he parks his Corvette, and which is ‘secured’ by only a garage door that is paper thin, and open much of the time.”
“I am an innocent man!” Trump insisted. “I never thought it possible that such a thing could happen to a former president of the United States, who received far more votes than any sitting president in the history of our country, and is currently leading, by far, all candidates, both Democrat and Republican, in polls of the 2024 presidential election.”
The FBI launched a probe into the matter in early 2022, and later turned up thousands of pages of records after a raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in August of that year, including over 100 classified documents. Attorneys for the former president also handed over additional files voluntarily, before and after the search warrant was served.
The Justice Department later tapped special counsel Jack Smith to lead the investigation, which culminated in a federal grand jury.
Trump’s particular charges have yet to be confirmed, but multiple news outlets have reported that he faces seven criminal counts, including willfully retaining national defense secrets in violation of the Espionage Act, making false statements, and conspiracy to obstruct justice, according to sources cited by the New York Times. All of the charges are said to be related to the classified documents probe.
Source Truth Social/Reuters/RT