Former President Donald Trump is facing new criminal charges related to his indictment for allegedly mishandling classified documents.
The 60-page document that supersedes special counsel Jack Smith’s prior indictment accuses Trump of three additional felony charges involving his alleged possession of classified war plans and obstruction of justice.
Smith also added another defendant to the case, charging Mar-A-Lago manager Carlos De Oliveira with obstruction and making false statements to the FBI.
Trump reacted to the latest legal challenge by once again taking aim at what he described as a politically motivated prosecution.
“This is nothing more than a continued desperate and flailing attempt by the Biden Crime Family and their Department of Justice to harass President Trump and those around him,” a public statement on the matter proclaimed.
He went on to assert that the end goal of his political rivals is to ensure that he is unable to compete in next year’s presidential election.
“Deranged Jack Smith knows that they have no case and is casting about for any way to salvage their illegal witch hunt and to get someone other than Donald Trump to run against Crooked Joe Biden,” Trump concluded.
In Case you aren't following along.
This was the Deep State's Position when Hillary and Staffers had access to Classified Documents that were unsecured.
Her Team also Wiped Servers and Destroyed Cell Phones.
They Fear Trump 2024! pic.twitter.com/farWh6PTxF
— Jason Robertson (@JRobFromMN) July 28, 2023
The latest charges come just weeks after Trump pleaded not guilty to 37 criminal charges including willful retention of national defense documents, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and making false statements. These counts stem from the material he reportedly took with him upon leaving the White House, which he has claimed that he declassified while still in office.
In a separate statement to Fox News Digital, Trump called on the Republican Party to “do something” about the perceived prosecutorial harassment.
“It’s election interference at the highest level,” he said. “They’re harassing my company, they’re harassing my family, and by far, least importantly of all, they’re harassing me.”
He described the “ridiculous” charges as evidence of “prosecutorial misconduct” designed to take the early GOP primary front-runner out of contention.
“If I weren’t leading Biden by a lot in numerous polls, and wasn’t going to be the Republican nominee, it wouldn’t be happening,” Trump said, concluding: “But I am way up as a Republican and way up in the general election and this is what you get.”