A grand jury assembled in Washington, D.C., indicted former President Trump on charges related to the disturbance at the United States Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, according to Special Counsel Jack Smith’s announcement this week.
The indictment was made public the day after President Biden’s longtime business associate Devon Archer, who testified before the House Oversight Committee, accused him of participating in a protracted influence-peddling plot.
Trump was charged with four offenses: conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to impede an official action, obstruction and attempted obstruction of an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights.
The charge reads as follows:
“The Defendant was desperate to maintain power despite losing. As a result, the Defendant propagated false information about outcome-determinative fraudulent activity in the election that he really won for over two months after Election Day on Nov. 3, 2020. These allegations were untrue, and the defendant was aware of this.”
Other than the simple fact that he was previously told by others that his suspicions regarding fraud were unfounded, the indictment makes no mention of how the prosecution was able to prove what Trump himself believed. It also fails to distinguish the case from the fabricated “Russia collusion” hoax that was circulated by Trump’s detractors, including those in the Dept. of Justice, after he won the presidential election in 2016.
On his own social media network, Truth Social, the former president said that he anticipated being prosecuted and asserted that federal prosecutors had postponed doing so for over two years in order to keep him from running in the presidential election.
Despite the indictment’s sealing, the Trump campaign recognized it and issued the following statement to the media:
“This is nothing more than the most recent dishonest episode in the Biden Crime Family’s ongoing pitiful attempt to sabotage the 2024 Presidential Election, a race in which President Trump is the uncontested front-runner and winning by wide percentages.”
“But why did they hold off 2.5 years to file these fictitious allegations, right in the heart of President Trump’s successful 2024 campaign? Why was it revealed the day after the significant Crooked Joe Biden scandal emerged from Congress’ halls?”
“Interference with the election is the correct answer! The illegality of these attacks against President Trump and his followers is reminiscent of autocratic, totalitarian governments like Nazi Germany during the 1930s, and the former Soviet Union, among others. President Trump has consistently acted in accordance with the law and the Constitution after consulting with a number of very skilled attorneys.”
“All of these un-American witch hunts won’t succeed, and President Trump is going to be re-elected to the White House to protect our nation from the abuse, ineptitude, and corruption that are now at levels that have never been seen before.”
“Three years ago, our country had a solid economy, independent energy sources, and strong borders. We are a country in decline right now. President Trump will not allow himself to be intimidated by despicable and outrageous political targeting!”
Trump has now faced three indictments: the first in April in Manhattan on state charges pertaining to payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels; the second in June in Miami on federal accusations relating to White House records; and the third on January 6 in Washington.