Trump claims he will be a direct target in Capitol attack probe

Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that he had received a letter from prosecutors suggesting he was personally targeted in a federal investigation into the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol in Washington, which is an open door for the 2024 candidate. There is a new legal fork. ,

The former wrote, “Joe Biden’s Justice Department prosecutor Jack Smith sent a letter … indicating I am a target of a January 6 Grand Jury investigation.” The US President wrote on his Truth social network.

The Democratic president’s main rival, the stormy politician and billionaire, has already been indicted by the courts over confidential White House documents and questionable payments to a former X-films actress.

The big favorite in the Republican primaries for 2024 said Tuesday that he has been given “four very short days” to report to a grand jury, a body of citizens drawn up by a majority of people and endowed with sweeping investigative powers. Is. Donald Trump assured that this process “almost always” leads to impeachment.

In his text, the 77-year-old ex-president described the investigation as a “witch hunt”, a new “electoral interference” and “political use” of justice.

He said, “Nothing like this has happened in our country.”

– “failed in his duty” –

Prosecutor Jack Smith, in Washington in June, and Donald Trump, in Florida in July (AFP/Archive – Mandel NGAN, Giorgio Vieira)

On January 6, 2021, thousands of supporters of Donald Trump unleashed chaos and violence at the Washington Capitol, the temple of American democracy, after elected officials certified the victory of his rival Joe Biden in the presidential election.

Donald Trump wrote on Truth Social on Tuesday that he has a right to “contest an election that I believe was rigged and stolen”, and assured that he was being targeted because of the upcoming presidential election, for which He is a candidate.

A parliamentary committee disbanded by the new Republican majority earlier this year investigated the role of Republicans on that day.

In a high-profile hearing, this Democratic-majority panel claimed that the former president whitewashed his supporters before the coup and “failed in his duty as commander-in-chief” during the attack.

In its final report, released in December 2022, the commission ruled that Donald Trump should never be able to hold new public office after inciting his supporters to revolt.

Its members also recommended that criminal proceedings be initiated against them by the federal courts, specifically for calling for insurrection.

Donald Trump on Tuesday did not tell about the possible allegations against him in this investigation.

– Other surveys –

Supporters of Donald Trump outside the Capitol in Washington, January 6, 2021 (AFP - Roberto Schmidt)
Supporters of Donald Trump outside the Capitol in Washington, January 6, 2021 (AFP – Roberto Schmidt)

Mr Trump has already been indicted in a federal probe into the classified documents, which was also led by Jack Smith. He is accused of refusing to return documents he would have kept when he left the White House, despite a legal injunction.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges against him in mid-June and faces a historic and potentially very damaging trial for his 2024 US presidential campaign.

Procedural hearing is being held in this matter on Tuesday.

The Republican billionaire has also been indicted by a New York state judge on multiple charges of accounting fraud in connection with payments he made ahead of the 2016 presidential election with the aim of silencing an X films actress.

Georgia’s prosecutor also has until September to announce the results of his investigation into pressure exerted to try to change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in the southern state.

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