On Tuesday, June 13th, former President Donald Trump was charged with 37 federal felony counts. Including charges of willful retention of national defense information, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and false statements, the charges stemmed from the investigation into his handling of classified documents conducted by Special Counsel Jack Smith.
Former President Trump pleaded not guilty on all the counts and then tore into the indictment in a speech given from his Trump National Golf Club Bedminster. In that speech, he labeled Special Counsel Jack Smith a “deranged lunatic” and blasted Biden for having “his top political opponent arrested and charged.” Continuing, former President Trump said that the charges brought against him are “political persecution like something straight out of a fascist or communist nation” and are “the most heinous abuse of power in the history of our country.”
Trump then said that Biden would be remembered as the most corrupt president in history and as the one who took a sledgehammer to the pillars of the American political system by bringing ridiculous charges against his political opposition. Making that point, he said that Biden would “forever be remembered as not only the most corrupt president in the history of our country, but perhaps more importantly, the president, together with the band of his closest thugs, misfits and Marxists trying to destroy American democracy, channeling real anger and charging the President of the United States under the Espionage Act of 1917.”
Trump also pointed out that the law under which charges are being brought against him was meant for an entirely different situation than his, saying, “The Espionage Act has been used to refer to traitors and spies. It has nothing to do with a former president legally keeping his own documents.”
Further, he claimed that the Presidential Records Act gave him the authority to do whatever he wanted with the documents and didn’t require that he do anything to record or classify documents under it, saying, “The Presidential Records Act does not confer any mandate, duty or even discretional authority on the archivist to classify records under the statute. This responsibility is left solely to the President of the United States—so that’s the decision taken here.”
Emphasizing his claim that the Presidential Records Act gave him the authority to do whatever he wanted to do with the documents that he took with him when he was president, he said, “In other words, whatever documents the president decides to take with him, he has the right to do so—it’s an absolute right. This is the law.”
Then, turning from a defense of his personal conduct to an attack on what he sees as a two-tiered justice system that is punishing him for no reason while defending regime apparatchiks, Trump said, “Hillary Clinton broke the law and she didn’t get indicted. Joe Biden broke the law, and in many other ways, we’re finding out, and so far has not gotten indicted. I did everything right, and they indicted me.”
He also skewered the politicized Department of Justice, calling it the “Department of Injustice” in his attack on it, saying, “The horrific violations of my rights by Crooked Joe Biden’s weaponized department of Injustice.”
So, though the regime is gunning for Trump with everything it’s got, he’s not broken or defeated. Rather, he’s coming out swinging.
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