Former US President Donald Trump said that the indictment against him was false and made no reference to the Presidential Records Act, because they want to use the Espionage Act against him.
“The absurd and baseless indictment against me will be among the most egregious abuses of power in the history of our country,” Trump continued, speaking at a Republican conference in the state of Georgia, accusing what he called the “extreme left” of using a “corrupt” Ministry of Justice and the FBI. ) and the Minister of Justice and prosecutors to interfere in the elections, he said.
Trump added, “We were negotiating with the National Archives, as any other president would, and then we were surprised when armed FBI agents raided Mar-a-Lago.”
The former US president said that the Attorney General assigned to investigate the documents, Jack Smith, was afraid and trembling during the press conference, “because he is a coward and he is a Trump hater, as well as his wife.”
He promised his supporters, saying, “On November 5 of next year, we will defeat Joe Biden and finish the work we started during the most successful presidency.”
Crime and Punishment
US Special Prosecutor Jack Smith had said that the prosecution team in the classified documents case hoped for a speedy trial for Trump.
Trump, who will appear for the first time in Miami court next Tuesday, denies the charges against him in a federal case against a former president who is seeking to run for the Republican Party in the presidential elections scheduled after 17 months.
In the details of the new indictment, 37 criminal charges were revealed by prosecutors in the United States, 31 of which are related to “intentional retention of documents related to national security,” which violates a law on espionage that prohibits keeping state secrets in unlicensed and unsecured places.
The list included 3 counts of withholding or concealing documents in a federal investigation, along with two counts of false statements, and one count of “obstruction of justice”.
Investigators had confiscated 13,000 documents from Trump’s resort in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, including 100 confidential documents.
If convicted, Trump faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.