Former President Donald Trump said Thursday he’s been indicted in the federal investigation into classified documents in his possession, and has been summoned to appear in federal court in Miami on Tuesday.
In a pair of posts late Thursday on his Truth Social platform, Trump said he was informed of the indictment by his attorneys. Shortly after, Trump sent a fundraising email to supporters, calling the investigation “witch hunt.”
In a four-minute video posted on Truth Social on Thursday night, Trump claimed “the whole thing is a hoax” and said “I’m an innocent man.” Later, during an interview on Fox News, Trump said he plans on pleading not guilty, “of course.”
The indictment is reportedly under seal and the exact charges are not yet clear. But Trump attorney James Trusty, appearing Thursday night on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” said Trump faces at least seven charges, including an Espionage Act charge — which he called “ludicrous”” — willful retention of documents, “several obstruction-based-type charges” and making false statements.
Reports this week had indicated an indictment was looming. On Wednesday, it was revealed that Trump was being investigated by a federal grand jury in Florida, in addition to one in Washington. That likely indicated Florida was a more appropriate venue for the charges, experts told the Associated Press.
Several media outlets had also reported Trump’s attorneys had been issued a target letter, which often precedes an indictment.
The investigation has centered around classified documents that were wrongly in Trump’s possession after he left office. After returning some documents to the National Archives, the FBI raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida last year and recovered more than 100 additional documents that had been marked classified.
Special counsel Jack Smith has been leading the documents investigation, as well as a separate investigation into Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
In April, Trump — who was the first president to be impeached twice — became the first former president to be indicted, and pleaded not guilty in Manhattan court to 34 felony charges of falsifying records to cover up hush-money payments. He would also be the first former president to face federal charges.
Being indicted would not disqualify Trump, who has already entered the 2024 presidential race, from running for office. “Probably it will enhance my numbers,” Trump said of an indictment earlier this year.