Update (1715ET): As one might expect, Former President Donald Trump took to Truth social to rage over today's unsealed indictment against him.
"This is the man who caused the Lois Lerner catastrophe with the IRS," Trump wrote, adding, referring to special counsel Jack Smith. "He went after Evangelicals and Great Americans of Faith."
"His wife is a Trump Hater, just as he is a Trump Hater—a deranged “psycho” that shouldn’t be involved in any case having to do with “Justice,” other than to look at Biden as a criminal, which he is!"
Trump also slammed President Joe Biden, who "had records for years, totally unsecured, even stolen when he was a Senator."
"This is crazy!" exclaimed Trump. "Under the Presidential Records Act, I’m allowed to do all this. Under the Clinton Socks Case, the decision is clear. There was no crime, except for what the DOJ and FBI have been doing against me for years."
"Biden moved his Boxes all over the place, including to Chinatown and up to his lawyer’s office in Boston. Why isn’t deranged Jack Smith looking at that?" Trump asked.
Trump also highlighted an appearance by John Yoo, a UC Berkeley law professor, who said that the Biden administration is "using these charges to go after their primary challenger," calling them "serious issues."
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) called the indictment a "dark day" for the country in a Thursday tweet.
"It is unconscionable for a President to indict the leading candidate opposing him. Joe Biden kept classified documents for decades," he said, adding "I, and every American who believes in the rule of law, stand with President Trump against this grave injustice. House Republicans will hold this brazen weaponization of power accountable."
Today is indeed a dark day for the United States of America.— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) June 9, 2023
It is unconscionable for a President to indict the leading candidate opposing him. Joe Biden kept classified documents for decades.
I, and every American who believes in the rule of law, stand with President Trump…
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Update (1505ET): As announced earlier, special Counsel Jack Smith is holding a press conference to discuss the Trump indictment.
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The 49-page indictment against former President Trump was unsealed Friday, and contains 38 counts covering seven criminal charges, including willful retention of national defense information, corruptly concealing documents, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and making false statements.
Special Counsel Jack Smith will hold a press conference at 3pm ET.
TRUMP CHARGES REVEALED.— Pat🤷♀️🤷♀️🤷♀️ (@geewhizpat) June 9, 2023
The indictment has been unsealed.
The court filing details numerous charges against the former president related to the over more 100 classified documents that were recovered from his Florida home. pic.twitter.com/NJzHOJbUyH
As attorney and journalist Techno Fog notes via The Reactionary, Trump faces up to 100 years in prison if convicted.
This is the first indictment of its kind; we are in new territory, led there by a regime that demands victory at any cost, no matter the political norms or the legal barriers standing in its way. The erosion of the institutions continues.
As Trump faces charges, and as the authorities and media promise that the charges (this time) are legitimate, make no mistake that millions of voters see it as something else: that they’ve been disenfranchised once again. As for the rest of America, it’s safe to assume that many feel little confidence in this prosecution. They see it for what it is.
Trump is expected to appear in Federal District Court in Miami on Tuesday afternoon to face charges. His first appearance will be before Judge Eileen M. Cannon, who was appointed by Trump in 2020.
The indictment marks the first time in US history that a former president has faced federal charges - and is the first time a sitting president's DOJ has indicted his chief political rival in an upcoming election.
2/ Including “nuclear capabilities of foreign countries”, “military attacks by a foreign country”, “military activities and planning of foreign countries,” “military capabilities of a foreign country.”— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) June 9, 2023
3/ It goes on: “concerning nuclear weaponry of the United States”, “concerning White House intelligence briefing relayed to various foreign countries.”— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) June 9, 2023
At one point, Trump allegedly made a 'plucking motion' to indicate to his attorney that anything 'really bad' should be removed from the retained files.
Here's (now former, just resigned) Trump attorney Jim Trusty discussing former presidents turning in classified documents (h/t/ Techno Fog)
Prosecutors also charged former presidential aide, Waltine Nauta, who continued to work for Trujmp after he left office.
Read the entire indictment below: