Trump Drops ‘Exonerating’ Evidence Before Miami Court Appearance


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Former President Donald Trump revealed what he described as “exonerating” evidence in his classified documents case just hours before appearing in a federal court in Miami.

In a post on Truth Social, he decried his 37-count indictment last week by special counsel Jack Smith over his handling of classified materials, blasting him as a “thug” and insinuating that the FBI planted evidence when they raided his Mar-a-Lago estate last August.

“This is the Thug, overturned consistently and unanimously in big cases, that Biden and his CORRUPT Injustice Department stuck on me,” Trump wrote in reference to Smith. “He’s a Radical Right Lunatic and Trump Hater, as are all his friends and family, who probably ‘planted’ information in the ‘boxes’ given to them. They taint everything that they touch, including our Country, which is rapidly going to HELL!”


Meanwhile, earlier Tuesday, police cleared out the area around the Miami courthouse over a bomb threat, reports said.

MSNBC’s Yasmin Vossoughian said reporters were being forced away from the scene shortly before 11 a.m. on Tuesday after someone allegedly called in the threat.


Vossoughian said the courthouse was sending bomb-sniffing dogs through the building and there was little information available about when people will be allowed back inside.

Not long afterward, some new information surfaced suggesting the supposed bomb threat may not have been anything at all. The “suspicious device” appears to be a television with words on it.

Reports also noted that the federal judge overseeing former President Donald Trump’s arraignment on Tuesday will not allow cameras, phones, or electronic devices into the Miami courtroom.

“The ban was announced late on Monday by the chief judge for the Southern District of Florida, Cecilia M. Altonaga, as the time of the much-awaited appearance of the former president in court quickly approaches. Trump will be arraigned at a Miami court on Tuesday—an appearance that has posed an issue for many broadcasters and networks on how to cover the historic event,” Newsweek reported.

Altonaga wrote in the order that “on Tuesday, June 13, 2023, all cellular phones and/or electronic equipment are hereby prohibited for news reporters and other members of the media inside the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. United States Courthouse in Miami.”

CBS News Congressional correspondent Scott MacFarlane wrote on Twitter: “There will be no photos. No video. No audio. And no journalists permitted to communicate to the outside world through phone devices (or thru any other technology) during the first ever federal arraignment of a former US President.”


Trump — who is President Joe Biden’s chief rival in next year’s presidential election — could face decades in prison.

According to the indictment, Trump allegedly showed classified documents to a number of people who did not have the proper security clearances on at least two separate occasions. The DOJ alleges that both instances took place at Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, N.J.

Details regarding one of the alleged instances were leaked to CNN.

The network reported on June 2 that federal prosecutors had “obtained an audio recording of a summer 2021 meeting in which former President Donald Trump acknowledges he held onto a classified Pentagon document about a potential attack on Iran, multiple sources told CNN, undercutting his argument that he declassified everything.”


Trump announced last Thursday that he had been indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice on charges connected to his handling of classified materials.

The charges “include willful retention of national defense information, conspiracy to obstruct justice, withholding a document or record, corruptly concealing a document or record, concealing a document in a federal investigation, a scheme to conceal, and false statements and representations,” ABC News reported.

“Maximum sentences for the respective charges, per their statutes, range from five up to 20 years, although any eventual sentence should Trump be convicted would likely be much lower,” the outlet added.

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