Former President Donald Trump expressed renewed criticism of special counsel Jack Smith on Monday, suggesting that an indictment could be forthcoming in Smith's probe into efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, including the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Trump, who is currently the frontrunner in the 2024 Republican presidential primary, made these remarks on his Truth Social platform. In a post, he stated, "I assume that an Indictment from Deranged Jack Smith and his highly partisan gang of Thugs, pertaining to my 'PEACEFULLY & PATRIOTICALLY Speech, will be coming out any day now, as yet another attempt to cover up all of the bad news about bribes, payoffs, and extortion, coming from the Biden 'camp.'"
It was previously disclosed on July 18 that Trump had received a letter informing him that he is a target of Smith's investigation. At that time, he also stated that he expected to be indicted.
According to a Politico report, a federal grand jury reviewing charges against Trump in relation to the events of January 6 is set to reconvene on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
In a separate development, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis confirmed in an interview with an Atlanta CNN affiliate over the weekend that she will announce charging decisions regarding efforts to overturn Georgia's results in the 2020 presidential election by September 1. She stated, "The work is accomplished. We've been working for two and a half years. We're ready to go."
Increased security measures were observed last week outside the county courthouse ahead of the expected indictment.
To add to Trump's legal challenges, he has already been indicted in March in a Manhattan case centered on hush-money payments and in June in a Miami case focused on classified documents.
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Trump Calls on Republicans for Support Amid Legal Peril
Amidst the growing legal troubles, Trump has called on Republicans to unite behind him and support him in the face of potential primary challengers. It remains to be seen how his legal battles will impact his political future.
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During an Iowa GOP event, Trump and his top rivals for the 2024 Republican primary largely ignored the new federal charges filed against him. This suggests that the focus of the event was primarily on rallying support rather than addressing the legal proceedings.