Special Counsel Jack Smith’s team of prosecutors added additional charges in to the 32-count indictment the former president was already facing for keeping classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate Thursday evening.
Among the new charges are allegations that the former president allegedly told aides to ‘wipe’ security footage from his Florida club’s server as a way to foil investigators probing the removal of classified documents from the White House.
These allegations came just one day after the Department of Justice’s ‘sweetheart’ deal with Hunter Biden sensationally collapsed, leaving the First Son susceptible to further criminal charges for alleged deals with China and Ukraine.
Now, Republican lawmakers claim the federal government has only released the new charges to distract from alleged wrongdoings perpetrated by the president’s family.
Only hours after the indictment was unsealed, Fox News reported that members of ‘the Biden family may hold offshore bank accounts’.
Former President Trump was charged with three more counts related to his storage of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate Thursday night
The announcement came just one day after the Department of Justice’s ‘sweetheart’ deal with Hunter Biden sensationally collapsed
Sen Marsha Blackburn said the discrepancy was evidence of a two-tiered justice system
‘The DOJ’s decision to pursue additional charges against President Trump is further evidence of the politicization of our nation’s top prosecutorial agency,’ Sen. Marsha Blackburn, a Republican from Tennessee, tweeted Thursday night.
‘Amid AG [Merrick] Garland’s dismissal of wrongdoing by Hunter Biden and Hillary Clinton, Tennesseans are tired of two tiers of justice.’
In an interview with FOX News, Sen. Josh Hawley also said it was no coincidence that the charges were announced after Hunter Biden’s deal fell through.
‘Is it any coincidence that the DOJ rushes to add these new indictments today after the Hunter debacle, after their own self-dealing and two-timing is exposed, after they tried to hide from us the true extent of this plea deal that gets blown up and then it’s like, “Oh we got to go indict Trump on something else,’ the Republican from Missouri said.
‘I mean, it’s so brazen right now what they’re doing. It is really a subversion of the rule of law,’ he claimed. ‘I mean, it’s taking the rule of law, turning it on its head.’
Rep. Elise Stefanik, a Republican from New York, echoed those sentiments in a statement.
‘The American people understand that Joe Biden and his administration are engulfed in one of the biggest political corruption scandals of all time,’ she said.
‘It is no coincidence that the day after a federal judge throws out Hunter Biden’s corrupt, sweetheart plea bargain, Biden’s DOJ continues its witch hunt against President Trump.’
‘Our Republic is in peril, our justice system is broken,’ she claimed, vowing: ‘House Republicans will continue our work to investigate the Biden crime family and leave no stone unturned in order to deliver accountability on behalf of the American people.’
In the wake of the indictment, Trump also weighed in via his Truth Social platform.
‘Whatever happened to the Crooked Joe Biden Document’s case? He had 20 times more boxes than I did, and he wasn’t covered by the Presidential Records Act. I was!,’ the former Apprentice host wrote in part.
‘When it first came out that Biden had all of these Docs, many Classified, almost everyone, including those on the Left, said, “there goes the case against Trump.” But they waited and waited, got failed prosecutor Deranged Jack Smith, and STRUCK – but did almost nothing on the REALLY BAD Biden Documents case, many stored in Chinatown!,’ he added.
Sen. Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, said it was no coincidence that the charges were announced after Hunter Biden’s deal fell through
Vivek Ramaswamy, who is challenging Trump in the Republican primary, said the indictment is ‘election interference’
Even Sen. Ted Cruz, a one-time rival of the former president, spoke out against the indictment Thursday night — going as far as to say Attorney General Merrick Garland should be impeached and removed from office.
‘They’re trying to use the machinery of law enforcement to prosecute [Trump],’ Cruz said of the Democrats in an interview with Newsmax.
‘I think these indictments are a disgrace, and I think Merrick Garland should be impeached and removed from office for allowing the Department of Justice to be turned into a partisan hammer to attack the political enemies of the White House.’
And Vivek Ramaswamy, who is challenging Trump in the Republican primary, called the indictment ‘election interference.’
‘They’re leaving nothing to chance this time,’ he tweeted. ‘Lock him up, facts or law be damned.’
Sen. Ted Cruz went as far as to say that Attorney General Merrick Garland should be impeached and removed from office
The former president also spoke out, questioning why charges were not brought in the Biden’s classified documents case
In addition to his comments on Truth Social, former President Trump also spoke out against the indictment.
‘It’s election interference at the highest level,’ he said Thursday. ‘They’re harassing my company, they’re harassing my family and by far, least importantly of all, they’re harassing me,’ he told Fox News.
‘This is prosecutorial misconduct used at a level never seen before,’ Trump said. ‘If I weren’t leading Biden by a lot in numerous polls, and wasn’t going to be the Republican nominee, it wouldn’t be happening. It wouldn’t be happening.’
Trump was hit with a 37-count indictment in June, and has now been charged on three new counts.
The new indictment says Trump, along with Mar-a-Lago property manager Carlos De Oliviera and his valet Walt Nauta conspired to ‘engage in misleading conduct’ to ‘corruptly’ persuade another person to withhold information.
One new count, Count 40, charges the trio with ‘altering, destroying, mutilating, or concealing an object.’
That relates to the trio requesting an employee to ‘delete security camera footage at the Mar-a-Lago Club to prevent the footage from being provided to a federal grand jury.’
Last year, the FBI raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and uncovered several boxes containing classified documents
The new indictment connects Trump still more closely to the boxes of material around his club
According to the indictment filed Thursday, De Oliveira met with a security employee at Mar-a-Lago, and asked him how many days the server retained security footage, to which the employee responded that he believed ‘it was approximately 45 days.’
De Oliveira then allegedly told the employee ‘”the boss” wanted the server deleted”‘ and said the ‘conversation should remain between the two of them.’
That language, if substantiated, appears to put Trump at the heart of the alleged conspiracy to cover up information.
Other information in the indictment connects Trump still more closely to the boxes of material around his club – at a time when the National Archives was trying to claw back material.
In December 2021, an employee wrote that ‘box answer will be wrenched out of him today, promise!,’ followed by, ’12 is his number.’
An employee texted about Trump, ‘He’s tracking the boxes, more to follow today on whether he wants to go through more today or tomorrow.’ Another says he asked for ‘new covers for the boxes, for Monday m.’ Morning.’
It added, ‘*can we get new box covers before giving these to them on Monday? They have too much writing on them.. I marked too much.’
That all preceded Trump finally providing 15 boxes to the Archives in January 2022.
In January 2023, Biden was found to also be in possession of a raft of classified documents from the Obama administration. Those documents were found in the president’s former office and in the garage of his Delaware home.
The president said that he would comply with any investigation, claiming the presence of the documents was a misunderstanding and returned the papers to federal authorities.
Hunter had arrived at federal court in Wilmington, Delaware Wednesday, expecting to plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and walk away with a slap on the wrist
These new revelations, however, only come after a federal judge dramatically rejected an agreement that would have shielded Hunter Biden from future charges and seen him avoid jail.
Hunter had arrived at federal court in Wilmington, Delaware Wednesday, expecting to plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and walk away with a slap on the wrist.
But in a stunning turn of events, the latest plea deal over his failure to pay taxes and lying about his crack cocaine addiction when he bought a gun was put on hold.
Hunter initially said ‘yes, your honor’ when asked by the judge if he would plead guilty to two tax misdemeanors and admitted he’s been to rehab six times in 20 years for addiction to alcohol and drugs.
The hearing then turned when the Department of Justice lawyers warned Hunter he could still be charged for potential violations for failing to register as a foreign agent over his shady deals – which Republicans say involve his father Joe.
At that news – delivered by top prosecutor Leo Wise – Hunter’s attorney Chris Clark snapped that the deal was ‘null and void’.