Ahead of former President Donald Trump’s potential indictment over an attempt to overturn the 2020 election results, his lawyer met special counsel Jack Smith’s team on Thursday, July 27.
Trump in a post on his Truth Social network, confirmed the meeting. He wrote that his attorneys had a productive meeting explaining that he had no wrongdoings, as advised by many lawyers and that “an Indictment of me would only further destroy our Country.”
He also added that there was no indication of a notice given during this meeting. However, the discussions of the meeting remain vague. The meeting included Trump’s attorney John Lauro, as reported by the Associated Press. Lauro said last week in a television interview that his client had done “nothing wrong.”
Police officers had gathered outside the courthouse on Thursday afternoon when no indictment was announced. There have been speculations that a criminal case might come along the way although the status of the secretive grand jury proceedings remain unclear.
Similar meetings were held last month before Trump was indicted on charges of illegally possessing classified documents. Earlier this month Trump received a target letter from Smith's office saying that he would be undergoing the Justice Department’s Investigation and was likely to get an indictment. The department has held more than a year of interviews with the top aides to the former President who is now also the front face of the upcoming 2024 Presidential elections.
Federal prosecutors had interviewed witnesses in recent months about a White House meeting that held discussions on seizing voting machines and lawyers involved in the blocking of power transfer. They also interviewed state election officials who faced a pressure campaign over the election results prior to the Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol.
The investigation was focused on the two months following the 2020 elections in November. Trump had openly refused to accept his defeat to Democrat Joe Biden. He spread misinformation about vote frauds which eventually led to the Capitol riot. Trump’s own Attorney General said there was no evidence to the fraud he alleges.The Trump supporters broke into the building, attacking police officers and disrupting the congressional counting of electoral votes. More than 1000 people are charged with federal crimes related to the riot.
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Edited by: Nandini Roy
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