President Donald Trump speaks to the press after arriving at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on September 26, 2019. On Tuesday, Trump questioned why he should debate his opponents for the GOP nomination, given his polling lead. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

Donald Trump says he’s been indicted in classified documents case

By Sean Boynton  Global News

President Donald Trump speaks to the press after arriving at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on September 26, 2019. On Tuesday, Trump questioned why he should debate his opponents for the GOP nomination, given his polling lead. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

Former U.S. president Donald Trump has reportedly been indicted over his alleged mishandling and withholding of classified documents and obstructing law enforcement efforts to retrieve them, according to multiple major U.S. media outlets and a post from Trump on social media.

The reported development would serve the apparent frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination another legal blow.

News of the indictment, which would be the first federal charges ever laid against a former or current U.S. president, was reported late Thursday by multiple U.S. outlets including the Associated Press, the New York Times, CNN, ABC News and the Washington Post, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter. The reports said Trump is facing seven criminal charges.

The U.S. Justice Department declined to comment on the reported indictment when contacted by Global News, which has not independently confirmed the charges.

Trump himself announced the indictment on his Truth Social platform, adding he is being summoned to appear in federal court in Miami on Tuesday.

“The corrupt Biden Administration has informed my attorneys that I have been indicted, seemingly over the Boxes hoax,” he wrote in a multiple-post statement.

” I have been summoned to appear at the Federal Courthouse in Miami on Tuesday, at 3 PM. I never thought it possible that such a thing could happen to a former President of the United States. … I AM AN INNOCENT MAN!”

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