Former President Donald Trump has vehemently denied any involvement in seeking the destruction of security footage at his private residence, Mar-a-Lago, after being handed a superseding indictment by special counsel Jack Smith. Taking to his social media platform, Truth Social, Trump refuted the allegations and accused Smith of prosecutorial misconduct and election interference.
In a post on Truth Social, Trump asserted that the Mar-a-Lago security tapes were not deleted but were voluntarily handed over to authorities. He further claimed that he did not take any action to prevent the release of the tapes and denied instructing anyone to delete them. Trump characterized the accusations as “prosecutorial fiction” aimed at catching him on charges of obstruction.
Drawing parallels to the previous “Russia, Russia, Russia HOAX,” Trump accused Smith and the Justice Department of knowingly accusing him of a fabricated crime and then attempting to catch him on obstruction during his defense. The former president called those involved “sick and evil people.”
Shortly after, Trump posted another message on Truth Social, claiming that Smith’s Justice Department was now admitting that the Mar-a-Lago security tapes were not deleted, contrary to what was initially leaked to the press. He called for those involved to be prosecuted for misconduct. Additionally, Trump raised questions about President Joe Biden’s documents and alleged receiving bribes from China, insinuating that Smith might indict Biden for those claims.
During a recent rally in Erie, Pennsylvania, Trump made several promises, including primary challenges for Republicans who refuse to hold the Biden administration accountable for alleged wrongdoing. He also advocated for an independent special counsel to investigate allegations against the “Biden crime family.”
While Trump faced two impeachment trials during his tenure, both initiated by House Democrats, he was acquitted both times by the Republican-held Senate. The allegations in those impeachments revolved around investigations into alleged Biden and Democrat-related schemes, such as Ukraine aid pause and contesting the 2020 presidential election results. Now, House Republicans under Speaker Kevin McCarthy are considering the possibility of an impeachment inquiry into Biden, Attorney General Merrick Garland, and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Biden has so far declined to appoint a special counsel to investigate allegations of a global bribery and influence peddling scheme involving the Biden family, much to the frustration of Republicans.