The timing of Special Counsel Jack Smith’s announcement of charges against Donald Trump has been called into question.
The latest indictment – relating to the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol – came less than a day after further revelations in the Biden family investigation by the House Oversight Committee.
Former president Trump has been indicted on four counts, one each on: conspiracy to defraud the U.S., conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights.
“Despite having lost, the Defendant was determined to stay in power. So, for more than two months following Election Day on November 3, 2020, the Defendant spread lies that there had been outcome-determinative fraud in the election that he actually won,” the indictment reads.
“These claims were false, and the Defendant knew they were false.”
Devon Archer’s testimony
Republican lawmakers are currently investigating President Joe Biden’s connection to Hunter’s foreign business dealings in China and Ukraine.
If damning evidence is discovered, there’s a possibility the President could be impeached.
On Monday, Hunter’s former business partner, Devon Archer, testified before the House Oversight Committee.
According to CNN, Archer claimed Hunter was “selling the illusion of access” to his father. However, sources later clarified that this was in relation to access to Washington, DC, and knowledge of how it worked.
Naturally, both Republicans and Democrats claimed victory, with the latter confident that no damning evidence was revealed to those who could impeach President Biden.
The Biden investigation has been of heightened public interest in recent weeks as further revelations are brought in front of lawmakers.
However, the remarks of a key witness in such a high-profile investigation have been eclipsed by Trump’s latest indictment – his third of the year so far.
How did Trump respond?
Moments before the indictment was announced, Trump indicated his expectation of a third indictment on his social media platform Truth.
“I hear that Deranged Jack Smith, in order to interfere with the Presidential Election of 2024, will be putting out yet another Fake Indictment of your favorite President, me, at 5:00 P.M.,” Trump wrote.
“Why didn’t they do this 2.5 years ago? Why did they wait so long? Because they wanted to put it right in the middle of my campaign. Prosecutorial Misconduct!”
Since Tuesday’s announcement, Trump has continued to issue statements, slamming the situation as “corruption, scandal, and failure.”
The following morning, Trump, typing only in capital letters, said he had “never had so much support on anything before,” thanking supporters before vowing to continue his campaign for the GOP nomination and the presidency.
Shay Bottomley is a British journalist based in Canada. He has written for the Western Standard, Maidenhead Advertiser, Slough Express, Windsor Express, Berkshire Live and Southend Echo, and has covered notable events including the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.