Trump On Indictment: ‘I’m An Innocent Man’

Former President Donald Trump vowed to fight the recently announced federal indictment against him. Trump announced Thursday that he was informed that he would be charged related to accusations regarding classified documents.

Trump spoke on Truth Social about the indictment, starting by saying that the United States was a “nation in decline.” 

The former president said that he was being targeted despite receiving the most votes of any incumbent president in American history. 

He framed the federal indictment as a continuation of what he called a series of hoaxes, including the debunked accusations of collusion between his 2016 campaign and the Russian government. 

Trump said that accusations against him had “been going on for seven years that they just can’t stop because it’s election interference at the highest level.” 

“I’m an innocent man,” he said. “I’m an innocent person.” 

Trump spoke about a number of accomplishments during his time in office and argued that he is currently leading in a number of 2024 election polls. 

He called the current situation “warfare for the law.” 

Trump further said that the Justice Department and FBI were being weaponized and the result was “ripping our country to shreds.” 

The former president argued that the recent charges were “election interference” and that the indictment was an effort to destroy his reputation. 

“And we will fight this out just like we’ve been fighting for even years,” he said. “It would be wonderful if we could devote our full time to making America great again. And that’s exactly what we did.” 

“But now again our country is in decline,” he said.

Trump will report to federal court in Miami on Tuesday. U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon is presiding over the case, who was appointed by the former president.

Special counsel Jack Smith spoke about the indictment, which was unsealed on Friday. The former president criticized the prosecutor on social media, writing that Smith “caused the Lois Lerner catastrophe with the IRS,” referencing an Obama-era targeting of conservative groups by the government agency. 

He called Smith a “deranged lunatic.”