Even as the Justice Department refused to postpone charges to give time to look into allegations of witness tampering made by the former president’s legal team, multiple people on Wednesday familiar with the case reportedly claimed that federal prosecutors have informed Donald Trump that he is a criminal target and is likely to be indicted shortly in a probe into purported classified documents.
According to the sources, the accusation is still ongoing before Chief US District Judge James E. Boasberg in Washington, DC in a covert case.
A federal grand jury may present Special Counsel Jack Smith’s indictment to Trump as early as next week.
According to sources who spoke with Just the News, the outlet that first received the scoop, Trump’s attorneys have been putting up their case for months based on months of legal research in preparation for accusations.
The legal team for the 2024 presidential contender is preparing to make the case that Trump had the right under the Constitution to declassify records while he was president and take them with him when his term was over.
According to reports, his attorneys will prominently cite a US District Court decision from more than ten years ago on former President Bill Clinton, which found that a president has the authority to decide which records from his administration can be maintained in personal possession.
Trump responded to the report on his Truth Social platform:
“No one has told me I’m being indicted, and I shouldn’t be because I’ve done NOTHING wrong, but I have assumed for years that I am a Target of the WEAPONIZED DOJ & FBI, starting with the Russia, Russia, Russia hoax, the “No Collusion” Mueller Report, Impeachment hoax #1, Impeachment hoax #2, the perfect Ukraine phone call, and various other scams & witch hunts. A travesty of justice & election interference at a level never seen before. Republicans in Congress must make this their # 1 issue!!!”
Trump reacts to rumor of indictment… pic.twitter.com/3CDxZ0YCZy
— 𝐁𝐞𝐭𝐡 (@Beth2point0_) June 7, 2023
New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman echoed Trump’s statement, and claimed that he told her that he was not told he would be indicted.
Trump statement came amid a report from one of his allies that he has been told this. NYT, CNN, WaPo and other outlets have all reported federal officials have been building toward a likely indictment, including with witnesses in Miami before a grand jury today.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) June 7, 2023
However many other media outlets are reporting out the story, including many conservative outlets and figureheads, including conservative activists like Jack Posobiec.
DOJ notifies President Trump he will be indicted next week. This is new — DOJ also investigating Trump for witness tampering.pic.twitter.com/n9KYx0pafB
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) June 7, 2023