Trump Claims Charges are 'Election Interference' in Speech After Arraignment
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Former President Donald Trump addressed supporters at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey after pleading not guilty during his arraignment on 37 federal charges earlier Tuesday in Miami, Florida.
2024 Election: Trump claimed the federal charges against him were “election interference,” calling President Joe Biden “The most corrupt politician in the history of our country,” and vowing to appoint a “real” special prosecutor to investigate the Biden family if elected in 2024. Trump referenced the House Oversight Committee’s ongoing probe into an allegation that Biden accepted a $5 million bribe from an executive at a Ukrainian energy company during his time as vice-president. “They will fail, and we will win.”
The Indictment: Trump argued he had “every right to have these documents.” His words offered a look into his potential legal defense against the charges, claiming that the Department of Justice is going after him for “legally keeping his own documents,” which “just about every other president has done.”
Department of Justice: Trump called the Department of Justice the “Department of Injustice,” and Jack Smith, the special prosecutor leading the investigation, a “deranged lunatic” and a “thug.” Labeling the indictment “political persecution,” Trump stated, “I’m here, I love you all, and we can take it, but what these thugs have done to my family is a disgrace.”
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Former President Donald Trump received a hero’s welcome Tuesday night as he returned to his New Jersey golf club after pleading not guilty in Miami federal court to more than three dozen charges related to his alleged mishandling of classified documents after leaving office in 2021.
After taking the stage at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster to the strains of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA,” Trump told a crowd of about a couple hundred supporters he had undergone “political persecution like something straight out of a fascist or communist nation.”
From the LeftTrump: Indictment is “election interference,” special prosecutor a “thug”
Donald Trump is characterizing the federal charges against him as “election interference and yet another attempt to rig and steal a presidential election.”
He aired his grievances to hundreds of supporters at his Bedminster golf club in New Jersey, hours after becoming the first former president to face charges in federal court. He entered a plea of not guilty.
Previewing a possible legal defense, Trump said he had a right to go through boxes and separate personal records from government documents.
He also said he had not had a chance...
From the CenterTrump delivers post-arraignment speech at Bedminster rally
Trump concluded his remarks around 9:15 p.m. to applause from supporters.
His speech was laced with misleading or inaccurate claims about his case, arguing that the Presidential Records Act gives him total authority to posses government materials after leaving office.
The act states that all official records belong to the Archives once a president leaves office.
Trump also attacked President Biden at length, accusing Biden of sticking the Justice Department on him. The White House has repeatedly said that it is remaining independent of the Justice Department.
“This is called...