Will the Justice Department listen to Trump even though they are hell-bent on trying to destroy him?
On Friday, Donald Trump asserted his innocence regarding the handling of security tapes requested by federal investigators. He faced new charges accusing him of instructing employees at his Florida resort to delete the videos. The former president, who is currently a leading candidate for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, expressed his position on the matter through his Truth Social website.
According to Newsmax, Trump accused the current administration, led by President Joe Biden and the Department of Justice (DOJ), of orchestrating a malicious campaign against him. He claimed that the prosecutors, particularly U.S. Special Counsel Jack Smith, were resorting to intimidation tactics reminiscent of Third World countries. Trump compared these efforts to previous unsuccessful attempts during the Russia investigation and other hoaxes.
In an interview with radio host John Fredericks, Trump stated that he believed he was not obligated to hand over the security tapes from his Mar-a-Lago resort. However, despite this belief, he still complied and provided the tapes to the investigators.
The prosecutors filed three new criminal counts against Trump on Thursday, raising the total to 40 charges. Additionally, a maintenance worker at Mar-a-Lago, Carlos De Oliveira, was charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice for allegedly assisting Trump in concealing documents. Prosecutors also accused De Oliveira of lying to the FBI during a voluntary interview regarding his involvement in moving classified documents at the resort.
Trump expressed concern for his two employees who were targeted in the investigation and claimed that the prosecutors’ actions were aimed at intimidating people into fabricating falsehoods about him. He asserted his innocence and affirmed that these charges would not deter his 2024 presidential campaign.
As of now, De Oliveira’s lawyer has not responded to media requests for comment on the matter.