After his legal team met with officials from the Justice Department, former President Donald Trump vehemently criticized ongoing investigations against him, issuing a call to action for his supporters. These statements, shared across his social media platform, Truth Social, have raised concerns about the message conveyed to his followers.
The meeting reportedly revolved around the special counsel Jack Smith’s inquiry into Trump’s handling of classified documents post-presidency, as well as potential obstruction of this investigation, which appears to be nearing its conclusion.
In his posts, Trump alleged that these actions were driven by a desire to interfere with future elections, asserting that the DOJ and FBI were being used unfairly against him. He urged his followers to “FIGHT!” and made reference to Hunter Biden’s separate federal investigation, insinuating a biased approach.
These remarks bear resemblance in tone to previous statements he made leading up to his indictment in New York earlier this year, as well as his rhetoric preceding the January 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection, where he urged supporters to “TAKE OUR NATION BACK.”
Last month, Trump’s legal team requested a meeting with DOJ officials to discuss what they saw as an ongoing injustice perpetuated by the special counsel and prosecutors. This meeting did not involve Attorney General Merrick Garland or Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco.
Following his lawyers’ exit from the Justice Department building, Trump suggested online that the possibility of indictment had been discussed.
Trump’s online posts also questioned the potential charges against him, contrasting his situation with that of other presidents and Joe Biden.
He alleged that Biden possessed a significant number of classified documents, a claim that has been contested by Biden’s legal team. Investigations into Biden’s handling of documents are also underway.
In Trump’s case, prosecutors appear to be focusing on an audio recording in which he acknowledges retaining Pentagon documents and their classified nature, contradicting his defense of having declassified everything upon leaving office.
Additionally, a grand jury in Washington has reviewed testimony and notes from Trump’s attorney, Evan Corcoran, after attorney-client privilege was pierced by a judge, potentially implicating Corcoran in furthering criminal activities.
The investigation has extended to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and residence in Florida, where a substantial cache of classified documents was discovered during an FBI search in August. A second grand jury, convened in Florida, hints at a broader scope for the investigation.
The impact of a federal indictment on the GOP presidential primary remains uncertain, as Trump faces multiple legal challenges.
Investigations into his involvement leading up to the Capitol insurrection are ongoing, and he has already been indicted in New York for falsifying business records related to hush money payments during the 2016 election. A Georgia district attorney has also indicated plans to indict Trump for his role in attempting to overturn the 2020 election results in the state.