Ex-President Donald Trump wrote on his Truth Social platform that he has been indicted in the classified documents investigation (Pictures: Getty Images)
Former President Donald Trump said he has been indicted in a probe on his handling of classified documents, marking his second indictment in roughly two months.
Trump announced the news in a fiery post on his Truth Social platform on Thursday evening.
‘The corrupt Biden Administration has informed my attorneys that I have been Indicted, seemingly over the Boxes Hoax,’ wrote Trump.
Trump said he had been summoned to appear at the federal courthouse in Miami on Tuesday at 3pm.
The classified documents probe centers on records seized during an August 8 search of Mar-a-Lago (Picture: AP)
‘I never thought it possible that such a thing could happen to a former President of the United States, who received far more votes than any sitting President in the History of our Country, and is currently leading, by far, all Candidates, both Democrat and Republican, in Polls of the 2024 Presidential Election,’ Trump wrote in another post.
‘I AM AN INNOCENT MAN!’
It comes after Trump on March 30 became the first former president to be indicted, in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s investigation into his role in a hush payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.
Shortly after 7.30pm, Trump sent out a fundraising email with he indictment news and asked his supporters to ‘make a contribution to peacefully stand’ with him.
FBI agents seized boxes of records including classified documents from ex-President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in August 2022 (Picture: AP)
‘We are watching our Republic DIE before our very eyes,’ stated the email.
‘The Biden-appointed Special Counsel has INDICTED me in yet another witch hunt regarding documents that I had the RIGHT to declassify as President of the United States.
‘This witch hunt began when the FBI RAIDED my home and then staged it to look like a made-for-TV crime scene with police sirens and flashing red and blue lights.’
The investigation, overseen by special counsel Jack Smith, centers on Trump’s boxes of records that the FBI seized from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home on August 8. They included 184 documents that were marked as classified. Trump has denied wrongdoing and repeatedly called Smith’s probe on his handling of the records a witch hunt.
Special counsel Jack Smith is overseeing investigations into ex-President Donald Trump, including his handling of classified documents (Picture: AP)
On Wednesday, a federal grand jury reportedly met in Florida in Smith’s probe.
The indictment is under seal, a source told NBC News.
A spokesperson for Smith declined to comment.
Trump’s new indictment comes six days after the Justice Department said it would not file charges against his former vice president Mike Pence for classified documents found in his Indiana home.
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Ex-President Donald Trump said, ‘I have been Indicted, seemingly over the Boxes Hoax.’