Trump, who is seeking the Republican nomination in the 2024 presidential race, previously said he was a target in special counsel Jack Smith’s probe of the actions leading up to the Jan. 6 attack. This is the third indictment the former president has faced this year.
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Trump Snaps Back At Former Running Mate
"I feel badly for Mike Pence, who is attracting no crowds, enthusiasm, or loyalty from people who, as a member of the Trump Administration, should be loving him," Trump wrote on his social media platform. He went on to claim that the vice president's office came with "power that Mike didn't understand," referring to the vice president's role in the formal election certification process. The position is ceremonial, although Trump tried to convince Pence that he could overturn the election results.
Co-Conspirator 6 in Trump Indictment Appears To Be Boris Epshteyn, New York Times Reports
The indictment refers to co-conspirator 6 as “a political consultant who helped implement a plan to submit fraudulent slates of presidential electors to obstruct the certification proceeding.” According to the Times, Epshteyn sent an email to Rudy Guiliani — described as co-conspirator 1 in the indictment — in December 2020 that suggested attorneys in seven states who could help in choosing fake electors to certify the election in Trump’s favor.
Former Vice President Mike Pence Criticizes Trump During Campaign Event
"I really do believe that anyone who puts themselves over the Constitution should never be President of the United States. And anyone who asks someone else to put themselves over the Constitution should never be President of the United States again," he said of Trump, his former boss and current opponent in the GOP presidential primary.
"Sadly, the president was surrounded by a group of crackpot lawyers," Pence added. "Our Constitution is more important than any one man."
Local And Federal Law Enforcement On Alert For Arraignment
"The Metropolitan Police Department is working closely with our federal law enforcement partners to monitor the situation and plan accordingly to ensure the safety of DC residents and visitors," a spokesperson for the police department said. "MPD encourages the public to remain vigilant, if you see something, say something. Please report immediate suspicious activity by calling 911."
Trump Dined With Fox News Execs After Indictment: Report
Fox News President Jay Wallace and the network’s chief executive, Suzanne Scott, were reportedly trying to convince Trump — who is far and away the leading 2024 Republican presidential candidate — to participate in the first Republican presidential primary debate, slated for Aug. 23 in Milwaukee. Their meeting was described as "cordial," according to the Times.
Fox is airing the debate, which Trump has said he may skip in favor of his own event.
Trump Expected To Appear In Person At Thursday Arraignment: Reports
Jan. 6 Insurrection's Fiscal Consequences For America
Fitch highlighted severe political polarization in meetings with the Treasury Department ahead of the surprise downgrade to AA+ from AAA.
Fitch is the second agency to strip the U.S. of its triple-A rating, after Standard & Poor’s.
Read more here.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski Calls On Americans To Read Trump Jan. 6 Indictment
Murkowski wrote that additional evidence uncovered since her vote, including the work of the House select committee investigating the insurrection, "has only reinforced that the former President played a key role in instigating the riots, resulting in physical violence and desecration of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021."
Murkowski noted, however, that Trump "is innocent until proven guilty and will have his day in court."
"As that process begins, I encourage everyone to read the indictment, to understand the very serious allegations being made in this case," she concluded.
George Conway Predicts Trump 'Won't Make It Through The Next Year'
In addition to Tuesday's indictment in special counsel Jack Smith's probe into the 2020 election, Trump faces the prospect of charges in Georgia stemming from Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis' investigation of his attempts to overturn his defeat in that state.
While the two cases don't appear to be coordinated, Conway said what the two prosecutors are trying to prove is "parallel."
"At the end of the day, what matters is you get two bites of the apple," Conway told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
Conway added Trump has played "Russian roulette with the law."
"I don't think he's going to make it through the next year," Conway added.
Trump Lawyer Weighs In On Trial Timing
Asked if Trump's team would be prepared to quickly deal with the case in court, Lauro told NBC’s “Today” that “a speedy trial is the defendant’s right, not the government’s right. So we’re entitled to understand what the charges are. We’re entitled to do our own investigation.”
Lauro continued: “The Justice Department has had three years to investigate this. To take President Trump to trial in 90 days, of course, is absurd. The question is why do they want to do that.”
Trump Thanks Supporters, Claims World Has Awoken ‘To The Corruption’
The federal indictment “has awoken the world to the corruption, scandal, & failure that has taken place in the United States for the past three years,” he posted on Truth Social. “America is a nation in decline, but we will make it great again, greater than ever before.”
In an earlier statement Tuesday, Trump’s presidential campaign accused President Joe Biden of weaponizing the Department of Justice against him to interfere with the 2024 presidential election.
Trump was indicted Tuesday on four federal charges: conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights.
Could A President Work From Prison?
If the trial were still going on, he could possibly grant himself a pardon if he were elected president, said University of California, Los Angeles law professor Richard L. Hasen.
And could he serve as president from a prison cell?
“How someone would serve as president from prison is a happily untested question,” Hasen said.
Read more here.
Christie: ‘This Disgrace Falls The Most On Donald Trump’
“The events around the White House from election night forward are a stain on our country’s history & a disgrace to the people who participated,” Christie wrote. “This disgrace falls the most on Donald Trump. He swore an oath to the Constitution, violated his oath & brought shame to his presidency."
Member Of House Jan. 6 Panel Says Charges Will ‘Stress Our Justice System”
He said the charges leveled by the special counsel build on work done by the bipartisan body before it disbanded, but will likely strain the nation as the case moves forward. Still, the lawmaker argued "the only thing more dangerous to our democracy than holding the powerful to account when they try to subvert our elections — would be the failure to do so."
“These charges — based in large part on evidence we uncovered through our work on the January 6th Committee — and the trial that will follow, will put our democracy to a new test,” Schiff said in a statement. “Can the rule of law be enforced against a former president and current candidate for president? For the sake of our democracy, we must hope that the answer is yes.”
Rudy Giuliani Criticizes Jack Smith, Suggests Indictment Violates Trump’s First Amendment Right
“This one will be your legacy, violating the right of free speech of an American citizen,” Giuliani told Newsmax while holding up a copy of the indictment. “You don’t get to violate people’s First Amendment right, Smith, no matter who the hell you are.”
Giuliani appears to be one of the six alleged co-conspirators who aided Trump in his scheme to overturn the 2020 presidential election, though the indictment doesn’t identify Giuliani, Trump's former personal attorney, by name.
“I cooperated against him? Like hell I did,” Giuliani said. “I don’t have any information that he violated any law.”
It’s Unclear If Trump Will Appear In Person For First Court Date
Lauro added that the Jan. 6 indictment was “an attack on free speech and political advocacy.”
“So, at the end, our defense is going to be focusing on the fact that what we have now is an administration that has criminalized the free speech and advocacy of a prior administration during the time that there is a political election going on,” the attorney said.
Dem Leaders Weigh In: ‘A Stark Reminder’
The Democrats called Jan. 6 “one of the saddest and most infamous days in American history, personally orchestrated by Donald Trump,” and described the indictment as “a stark reminder to generations of Americans” that no one is above the law.
Read the full statement here:
“The insurrection on January 6, 2021 was one of the saddest and most infamous days in American history, personally orchestrated by Donald Trump and fueled by his insidious Big Lie in an attempt to undermine the 2020 election. In a deadly effort to overturn the will of the American people and block the peaceful transition of power, our nation’s Capitol—the very symbol and home of American patriotism and democracy—fell under attack to thousands of vicious and violent rioters.
The third indictment of Mr. Trump illustrates in shocking detail that the violence of that day was the culmination of a months-long criminal plot led by the former president to defy democracy and overturn the will of the American people. This indictment is the most serious and most consequential thus far and will stand as a stark reminder to generations of Americans that no one, including a president of the United States, is above the law. The legal process must continue to move forward without any outside interference.”
Pence Blasts Trump: 'Our Country Is More Important Than One Man'
"Our country is more important than one man," Pence continued. "Our constitution is more important than any one man's career. On January 6th, Former President Trump demanded that I choose between him and the Constitution. I chose the Constitution and I always will."
Pence's contemporaneous notes from the days before the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, were used as evidence against Trump in the indictment.
Merrick Garland Praises Jack Smith For ‘Largest Investigation’ In Department’s History
“Career men and women of the Justice Department engaged in what has become the largest investigation in our history,” Garland told reporters Tuesday. “In November, I appointed Jack Smith special counsel to take on the ongoing investigation in order to underline the department’s commitment to accountability and independence.”
Garland added that Smith and his team “are experienced, principled career agents.”
Vivek Ramaswamy Once Again Pledges To Pardon Trump
“Donald Trump isn’t the cause of what happened on Jan 6. The real cause was systematic & pervasive censorship of citizens in the year leading up to it,” he wrote in the tweet Tuesday evening.
He continued: “If you tell people they can’t speak, that’s when they scream. If you tell people they can’t scream, that’s when they tear things down. If we fail to admit the truth, Jan 6 will just be a preview of far worse to come & I don’t want to see us get there.”
This is not the first time Ramaswamy has committed to pardoning Trump. The GOP presidential contender echoed similar sentiments following Trump’s indictment related to his handling of classified documents in June.
John Eastman Is Co-conspirator No. 2
Eastman was part of the former president’s legal team that participated in efforts to overturn the 2020 election, and he served as a lead architect of some of Trump’s attempts to remain in power. He was responsible for writing a memo claiming Vice President Mike Pence had the authority to keep Trump in power by using his ceremonial role during the Jan. 6 electoral vote count proceedings to prevent Congress from certifying the election in Joe Biden’s favor.
Earlier this year, Eastman faced several disciplinary charges related to his role in Trump’s efforts that could result in his disbarment in California.
Meanwhile In Rehoboth Beach...
Biden has not commented on Trump's previous indictments and is unlikely to do so going forward.
Jack Smith Wants Everyone To Read The New Indictment
“Today, an indictment was unsealed charging Donald J. Trump with conspiring to defraud the United States, conspiring to disenfranchise voters, and conspiring and attempting to obstruct an official proceeding. The indictment was issued by a grand jury of citizens here in the District of Columbia, and it sets forth the crimes charged in detail,” Smith announced, adding: “I encourage everyone to read it in full.”
“The attack on our nation’s Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, was an unprecedented assault on the seat of American democracy. As described in the indictment, it was fueled by lies,” Smith said.
The law enforcement officers who responded to the attack were “heroes” and “patriots” representing “the very best of us,” he said. “They put their lives on the line to defend who we are as a country and as a people.”
His office would seek to hold a “speedy trial,” Smith noted.
Trump Whined Pence Was ‘Too Honest’ For Not Helping Election Scheme: Indictment
On Jan. 1 2021, days before the Capitol attack, Trump called Pence and “berated him” because Trump had learned Pence opposed a lawsuit that would have given Pence authority to “reject or return votes to the states under the Constitution,” the indictment says.
“In response, the Defendant told the Vice President: ‘You’re too honest!’” the indictment reads.
Hours after the conversation, Trump tweeted about holding a “BIG Protest Rally in Washington, D.C.” on Jan. 6.
Ron DeSantis Reacts To Indictment: ‘I Will End The Weaponization Of Government’
“While I’ve seen reports, I have not read the indictment. I do, though, believe we need to enact reforms so that Americans have the right to remove cases from Washington, DC to their home districts,” he tweeted on Tuesday afternoon.
He continued: “Washington, DC is a “swamp” and it is unfair to have to stand trial before a jury that is reflective of the swamp mentality.”
What We Know About The Judge In Trump's New Case
Chutkan is known for being one of the most aggressive sentencers of Jan. 6 rioters, according to findings last month by The Associated Press. Its report found that in seven cases, Chutkan has handed out tougher sentences than those sought by the Justice Department, matched its requests in four cases and sentenced all 11 defendants to time behind bars. She is the only judge who has exceeded prosecutors’ recommended punishment in a majority of the cases they oversaw.
Grand Jury Says Trump Played Pivotal Role In Jan. 6 Insurrection
“After it became public on the afternoon of January 6 that the Vice President would not fraudulently alter the election results, a large and angry crowd – including many individuals whom the Defendant had deceived into believing the Vice President could and might change the election results – violently attacked the Capitol and halted the proceeding,” the indictment read.
“As violence ensued, the Defendant and co-conspirators exploited the disruption by redoubling efforts to levy false claims of election fraud and convince Members of Congress to further delay the certification based on those claims.”
Capitol Police Officer Says Trump’s Indictment Is Only The First Step
“937 days and counting... An indictment is only a mile marker along the highway to justice and accountability,” he wrote.
Dunn has frequently advocated for Trump to be brought to justice for the his role in the riot.
“Real justice is what? A guilty verdict. With an indictment — just say the trial doesn’t happen ’til after the election, and say Trump wins. You know that s--- goes away if he wins, right?” Dunn told MSNBC’s Ja'han Jones last week.
New Charges Reference 6 Known Co-Conspirators
They are not named and only vaguely described.
Four are attorneys who variously helped devise the “fake elector” scheme and helped Trump spread false claims about the election — even claims that Trump privately acknowledged as “crazy,” according to the indictment. One is a political consultant who also helped with the elector scheme, and another is a Justice Department official who allegedly opened up sham election investigations.
Trump To Appear In Court On Thursday
Here Are The 4 Charges Trump Is Facing In Jan. 6 Indictment
- Conspiracy to defraud the United States
- Conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding
- Obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official investigation
- Conspiracy against rights
Trump Compares Justice Department To Nazi Germany
“The lawlessness of these persecutions of President Trump and his supporters is reminiscent of Nazi Germany in the 1930s, the former Soviet Union, and other authoritarian, dictatorial regimes," Trump said in the statement. "President Trump has always followed the law and the Constitution, with advice from many highly accomplished attorneys.”
Trump has, of course, had increasing difficulty finding and retaining lawyers after leaving the White House.
“These un-American witch hunts will fail and President Trump will be re-elected to the White House so he can save our Country from the abuse, incompetence, and corruption that is running through the veins of our Country at levels never seen before,” his statement read.
Read the whole thing at Truth Social.
Read The Full 45-Page Indictment Against Donald Trump
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Jack Smith To Hold Presser On Indictment
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