Donald Trump slams 'classified documents indictment' as 'boxes hoax' as ex-president ordered to appear in Miami court | The Sun

DONALD Trump says he has been indicted again, this time on charges of mishandling classified documents at his Florida estate.

The case is centered on sensitive materials that the former president allegedly brought to Mar-a-Lago without proper authorization.

Trump's legal team was notified on Thursday by President Joe Biden's administration, the former president said in one of several Truth Social posts about the indictment.

"The corrupt Biden Administration has informed my attorneys that I have been indicted, seemingly over the Boxes Hoax," he wrote.

He said that he's been summoned to appear at a federal courthouse in Miami at 3pm on Tuesday.

The former president is reportedly facing at least seven charges, including willfully retaining national defense secrets in violation of the Espionage Act, making false statements, and an obstruction of justice conspiracy, the New York Times reported.

The indictment makes him the first former president in US history to face federal charges.

"I never thought it possible that such a thing could happen to a former President of the United States," Trump raged after telling his followers about his latest legal trouble.

He posted a video declaring his innocence, describing the latest indictment as "election interference at the highest level."

He echoed previous "hoax" claims while saying: "There's never been anything like what's happened, I'm an innocent man."

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The news came after Trump was indicted on 34 counts in New York over an alleged hush money scheme.

He's accused of paying off porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal to cover up extramarital affairs.

Trump pleaded not guilty in April.

The former president is also facing investigations in Atlanta and Washington D.C., which could produce additional charges.

On Thursday, Trump knocked Biden for the unauthorized classified documents that were allegedly found at his properties.

"Joe Biden has 1850 Boxes at the University of Delaware, additional Boxes in Chinatown, D.C., with even more Boxes at the University of Pennsylvania," the former president said.

Trump added that Biden had "documents strewn all over his garage floor where he parks his Corvette, and which is 'secured' by only a garage door that is paper thin, and open much of the time."

It's not yet clear what the immediate or long-term consequences of the indictment will be for Trump.

The indictment came after a months-long probe conducted by special counsel Jack Smith, the Associated Press reported.

He was looking into whether Trump kept hundreds of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago property in Palm Beach, about 70miles north of Miami.

The former president has also been accused of obstructing the government's effort to recover the classified materials.

Trump allegedly took about 300 documents after vacating the White House. Roughly 100 were recovered during a raid in August.

The Justice Department declined to comment on the new indictment.

It is the latest hurdle in Trump's attempts to win back the White House in 2024.

His challengers include former Vice President Mike Pence and Florida governor Ron DeSantis.

Trump's campaign said on Thursday: “This is un-American and wrong.

"President Trump violated no laws and is being held to a different legal standard than other former Presidents and Vice Presidents.

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"We are confident that no matter how crooked the Executive branch has become, the American justice system is resilient and will throw this case out in its entirety. If not, our cherished Constitution is in serious trouble.

“President Trump will fight this unconstitutional abuse of power until he is ultimately vindicated. He will never stop fighting for the American people, and he will continue to work to restore the greatness of the United States of America.”

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