Special Counsel Seeks ‘Speedy’ Trial For Trump
Special counsel Jack Smith said in a press conference Friday that he was seeking a swift trial for former President Donald Trump related to allegations surrounding classified documents. The announcement could mean that the indictment on 37 felony counts could result in a verdict by the end of the calendar year.
The press statement took place one day after Trump himself announced that he was being indicted.
On Friday, the allegations against the former president were released in the indictment.
Charges include willful retention of national defense information, corruptly concealing documents or records and making false statements.
The special counsel, appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland said that the indictment “was voted by a grand jury of citizens in the Southern District of Florida and I invite everyone to read it in full to understand the scope, and the gravity of the crimes charged.”
The special counsel thanked members of the FBI for their efforts in the probe.
Smith added that he would “seek a speedy trial on this matter, consistent with the public interest and rights of the accused.”
The former president was charged with a number of felonies related to the alleged retention of classified materials at his Mar-a-Lago estate. The federal government released a number of photos that reportedly show the documents being stored at several locations in the estate, including in a bathroom and on a stage.
Furthermore, the prosecutors released transcripts of Trump allegedly discussing matters related to the documents with several individuals. None of these allegations have yet been independently confirmed.
The former president is expected to appear before a federal court on Tuesday. His case will be overseen by U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, who was appointed by the former president in 2020.
Trump strongly denied all of the allegations against him, writing on Truth Social that Smith was a “deranged lunatic.”
The indictments did not seem to daunt the former president, who campaigned in North Carolina and Georgia Saturday, speaking at Republican Party events there. He received a warm welcome from the crowd.