A shocking new report reveals that the Department of Justice (DOJ), under the Biden administration, is preparing to indict former President Donald Trump under the 1917 Espionage Act – a law more than a century old. According to unnamed sources, the prosecutors are poised to request this indictment as early as this Thursday.
Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate was subject to an FBI raid last August, during which numerous documents were seized. Despite Trump’s assertions that he declassified a considerable number of documents and has acted entirely within the law, the DOJ has been closely scrutinizing these documents and investigating the former President.
In response to rumors of the impending indictment, Trump expressed his displeasure via his Truth Social platform. Trump stated that he’s not been notified of an indictment and asserts he’s done nothing wrong. He likened the situation to previous experiences, including the ‘Russia, Russia, Russia’ saga, the Mueller report, two impeachment trials, and the Ukraine phone call incident, all of which he labels as ‘scams’ and ‘witch hunts’.
The prosecutors are expected to invoke Section 793 of the Espionage Act of 1917, which concerns the mishandling of sensitive information. According to the report, this decision is a strategic one aimed at circumventing any potential claims by Trump that he used his presidential authority to declassify documents he retained from his time in the White House.
Interestingly, the application of this law could potentially encompass Trump’s actions “even if he was authorized to possess the information as president.” The section calls for a fine and/or a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
The DOJ has assembled grand juries in Washington and Miami, with the federal court in the southern district of Florida poised to be the central point for any potential prosecution, as per The Washington Post.
Taylor Budowich, a former Trump aide, testified before the Miami grand jury on Wednesday. Budowich voiced his views on Twitter, expressing concerns about the weaponization of government and vowing to continue working towards the re-election of Donald J. Trump.
It is worth noting that Trump, currently pursuing the Republican nomination for president, is already facing an indictment in New York City over accusations of incorrectly recording payments made to women who made allegations against him during the 2016 presidential campaign.
As the political landscape heats up, this latest move adds another layer of intrigue and raises vital questions about the use of century-old laws in modern-day politics.