A concordance of the times: As the pre-trial conference for Donald Trump’s impeachment trial on charges of illegal storage of classified documents began at his residence in Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday in Florida, the former US president indicated that he had received from Special Prosecutor Jack. Smith letter confirming that he is indeed the target of a judicial investigation for his participation in the attack on the Capitol, Jan. 6, 2021.
On his Truth Social network, the Republican complained that he had received this message “Sunday evening”, through his lawyer, while he said, in passing, that he was the victim of a new “witch hunt”, which Joe Biden is leading with the aim of harming him. Political life. The document gives him the opportunity to testify before a grand jury in Washington, which is scheduled to convene later this week. What he should refuse to do.
This type of letter usually precedes the indictment and could indicate that Jack Smith is about to sue the former president for his contribution to the riots at the American Democracy Dome. Sparked by Donald Trump, the crowd violently stormed the building hoping to overturn the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in which victory went to Democrat Joe Biden and thus illegally keep the populist in power.
Last week, a group of US legal experts proved that there is enough evidence to prosecute the former US president in court for this failed coup attempt. On Tuesday, on his social network, Donald Trump defended himself by claiming he had done nothing more than protest an election that he had always been repeating without foundation, was rigged. He defined what the US Constitution gives him the right to do. This electoral fraud has never been confirmed by facts.
In the wake of his announcement, Donald Trump sent an email on Tuesday to his followers expressing their displeasure with the message he had received, inviting them in particular to contribute financially to his campaign. “Nothing like this has ever happened in our country,” he wrote.
On Tuesday, the usual voices came together to defend the former president. “It’s the only way the Democrats can be defeated [Donald] Trump: They arrested him, mutilated him, and charged him with ridiculous charges. Kevin McCarthy, the head of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives, also accused the Democrats of “exploiting justice” in order to “pursue an opponent” because the latter is “leading in opinion polls” and “outperforming Biden in the campaign for his re-election.” He said.
A YouGov poll unveiled last week by The Economist Rather it gives the two candidates neck and neck, with 42% of voting intentions each.
A rare contradictory statement in the Republican camp, former Arkansas governor and candidate in the Republican nomination race for the 2024 presidential election, Asa Hutchinson, called on the former president to withdraw from the race, believing that this new possibility of being accused of rebellion should “disqualify” him in his quest for a new presidential term.
Donald Trump would like the American people to believe that he is the victim in this case, but the truth is that the real victim of January 6th was our democracy. [et] Our rule of law […]he said in a statement. Anyone who truly loves this country and is willing to put it above their own interests will immediately suspend their campaign for the presidency. He added that it was disappointing that Donald Trump refused to do so.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, the billionaire’s closest competitor for the nomination, was more accommodating to the former president by admitting he should have been “heard a little louder” to prevent the attack on the Capitol. “But trying to criminalize this is a completely different matter,” he was quoted as saying. Washington Post.
For several weeks, the judicial noose was tightened over the former US president, he was arrested twice and brought to justice. In New York, he will have to answer charges of forging documents in the case of paying a bribe intended to silence a witness in a history of immorality. In Florida, he was charged with illegally keeping classified documents at his private residence in Mar-a-Lago and refusing to cooperate in their return. Many of these documents have the potential to endanger the country’s security.
The man is also in the crosshairs of justice in Georgia and Arizona for trying to swing polling results in his favor after losing in 2020.
To date, Donald Trump has pleaded not guilty to all charges. The Republican is seeking, for the third time, his ticket to the White House for the presidential elections in 2024. In the race for his party’s nomination, many of the candidates facing him are lagging behind, and he is in the lead.
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