Washington: Former US President Donald Trump vehemently criticised his federal indictment, dismissing it as “ridiculous” and “baseless.” During his appearance at the Republican Party convention in Georgia on Saturday, Trump addressed the charges brought against him, including 37 counts such as wilful retention of sensitive national defence information at his Mar-a-Lago property, with 31 counts specifically related to this offence. The convention marked his first public appearance since the charges were unsealed. Additionally, Trump faced allegations of conspiracy to obstruct justice, corruptly concealing a document or record, concealing a document in a federal investigation, and making false statements.
Trump characterised his federal indictment as an act of “election interference” during his speech, asserting that it exemplified an abuse of power by the Biden administration. He further claimed that the indictment was a politically motivated attack and accused the US Justice Department of treating Republicans differently from Democrats.
In a statement reported by CNN, the former US President declared, “The ridiculous and baseless indictment of me by the Biden administration’s weaponized department of injustice will go down as among the most horrific abuses of power in the history of our country.” He also predicted that any other Republican candidate leading the party’s 2024 ticket would face similar scrutiny and legal challenges.
Earlier last year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) disclosed that former US President Donald Trump improperly stored classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago resort, leading to a compromise of US security.
Following his resignation, Trump faced the prospect of a criminal investigation by the US Justice Department into the suspected retention of confidential material at his Mar-a-Lago estate, as well as his efforts to reverse the 2020 election. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office charged Trump in March on charges relating to hush-money payments made to a former adult star.
Trump’s first court appearance is expected to take place on Tuesday before a magistrate judge in Miami, even though the case was filed in West Palm Beach, approximately 70 miles north of Miami. The presiding judge for the case is Aileen Cannon, a Trump appointee who had previously issued rulings favourable to him and expressed skepticism towards positions presented by the Justice Department.