Former U.S. President Donald Trump has been indicted in the federal investigation into his handling of classified documents after leaving the White House. This was advanced by the former president himself in his social network, where he described the fact as "a dark day" for his country. Later, judicial sources confirmed to the AP and The New York Times that there are seven counts in the case led by special prosecutor Jack Smith.
"The corrupt Biden administration informed my lawyers that I was indicted, apparently for the matter of the boxes," Trump wrote in his Truth Social network, specifying that he was summoned to appear in federal court in Miami on Tuesday for his second indictment, after the one in March, for the payment to a porn actress.
"It is indeed a DARK DAY for America. We are a country in serious and rapid decline, but together we are going to make it great again," added the tycoon, launched in his campaign for the presidential elections.
According to The New York Times, this is the first time a U.S. president has faced federal charges.
While there was no official confirmation from the Justice Department, a source told both the New York Times and the AP that the charges are seven.
The case dates back to Trump's tempestuous exit from the White House, from which he took boxes of documents. Last August, in a raid the FBI took papers from the house in Mar-a-Lago that the businessman has in Palm Beach, in the center of the Atlantic coast of Florida. Weeks later it emerged that among the material were more than 30 classified documents.
On Thursday, Trump was in Bedminster, New Jersey. According to a person familiar with the situation, the former president's lawyers were contacted by prosecutors shortly before the mogul announced on his Truth Social platform that he had been indicted.
"Trump in his Bedminster stronghold surrounded by loyalists," CNN described the situation.
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