In his latest outburst on his Truth Social platform, former President Donald Trump has demanded the withdrawal of the indictment against him for his alleged involvement in the 2020 election plot, citing his newfound subpoena power, which he claims was granted due to what he perceives as a baseless Freedom of Speech Sham Indictment orchestrated by President Joe Biden, along with Jack Smith, a special counsel, and the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Trump targeted special counsel Jack Smith, whom he has characterized as “deranged” and expressed his outrage over what he calls “destruction of records and documents” by the disbanded January 6th Committee, which he refers to as a group of political hacks and thugs. He then demanded the immediate withdrawal of what he considers to be a fabricated political indictment against him.
“So now that I have full Subpoena Power because of the Freedom of Speech Sham Indictment by Crooked Joe Biden, Deranged Jack Smith, and the DOJ, it has just been reported that the Unselect January 6th Committee of Political Hacks and Thugs has illegally destroyed their Records and Documents,” wrote the former president. “This is unthinkable, and the Fake Political Indictment against me must be immediately withdrawn.”
He added: “The system is Rigged & Corrupt, very much like the Presidential Election of 2020. We are a Nation in Decline!”
The reference stems from a recent Fox News report that suggests House Republicans, led by Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), have accused the defunct January 6 Committee of failing to properly preserve their investigative records. Republicans contend that the committee’s Democrats purposely removed files related to the Capitol security failures in order to shift blame for the January 6 events onto Trump.
Former committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) has countered these allegations, asserting that Loudermilk’s report contains numerous factual inaccuracies. Thompson stated that only temporary documents, which did not contribute to the committee’s inquiry, were not retained, while a substantial amount of pertinent information, totaling 4 terabytes, was handed over.
Trump in recent days has intensified his criticisms of the legal system, specifically targeting special counsel Jack Smith and District Judge Tanya Chutkan, whom he has demanded be recused from the case.