Speculation grows about additional criminal indictments for Trump following his indictments in the classified documents investigation.
In a Miami, Florida, court on June 13th, Trump pleaded not guilty to 37 federal charges, including 31 counts of willful retention of classified documents violating the Espionage Act.
After Trump became the first president of the United States to be charged with a crime, the indictment was issued. As part of the hush-money investigation led by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, he was charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records.
Bill Barr, the former attorney general, stated on Sunday that Smith, who is also in charge of the federal investigation into the attack on January 6th, 2021, and Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election, may soon bring indictments.
Barr told Robert Costa, “I’ve always said, I think the January 6th case will be a hard case to make because of First Amendment interest.”
He said, “But I’m actually beginning to think they will pull the trigger on that, and I would expect it to be this summer.”
After Trump continued to erroneously claim that the election he lost to Joe Biden was “stolen” due to widespread voter fraud, Barr resigned as attorney general in December 2020.
Despite Barr’s public declaration that the Justice Department had found no evidence to support the claims, this was the case. Barr stated to Face the Nation that he would “of course” testify during Smith’s investigation and was asked to do so; however, he added that he does not believe he will.
Trump erroneously claims that the 2020 election was rigged against him and denied any wrongdoing related to the classified documents and Georgia investigation.
Trump wrote on Truth Social on Sunday, June 16th, “THEY DON’T GO AFTER THE PEOPLE WHO CHEATED IN THE ELECTION, THEY ONLY GO AFTER THE PEOPLE WHO REPORT ON, OR QUESTION, THE CHEATING.”
As Costa noted in a follow-up tweet, Barr’s suggestion that federal prosecutors may “trigger” an indictment soon indicates that Trump could be charged in two separate criminal investigations “in the coming weeks.” Donald Trump and Joe Biden had very different messages for Father’s Day.
There have been hints that the Georgia investigation into Trump and his associates, who are being investigated for allegedly illegally attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 election, is ending. The previous president could likewise confront further prosecutions.
He is said to have put pressure on Brad Raffensperger, the secretary of state for Georgia, to “find” 11,780 votes, which would have given him the state in 2020. Trump strongly denies this once more.
The investigation is being led by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who intends to employ most of her staff remotely between July 31st and August 18th. She asked judges not to schedule trials or in-person hearings during these weeks because it’s thought that charges might be announced around then.
In a previous statement, Willis’s office stated that the Fulton County election investigation “will not have any impact” on federal indictments against Trump as part of the classified documents investigation.