Special counsel Jack Smith filed yet another indictment against former President Donald Trump on Tuesday at 5 p.m., this time on charges related to his investigation into the events of Jan. 6.
The indictment introduced four new charges, including “conspiracy to defraud the United States; conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding; obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding; and conspiracy against rights,” according to Fox News.
Trump responded to the indictment on Truth Social, calling Smith “deranged” and claiming that the indictment was timed to interfere with the 2024 election.
“I hear that Deranged Jack Smith, in order to interfere with the Presidential Election of 2024, will be putting out yet another Fake Indictment of your favorite President, me, at 5:00 P.M.” Trump wrote. “Why didn’t they do this 2.5 years ago? Why did they wait so long?”
Trump’s campaign has likened the allegations to “Nazi persecution,” adding that “President Trump will not be deterred by disgraceful and unprecedented political targeting!”
In addition to its allegations against Trump, the indictment included six unnamed “co-conspirators,” with “four attorneys, one Justice Department official, and one political consultant.” (READ MORE: Donald Trump Is the New Jimmy Stewart)
The indictment alleges that Trump worked with the co-conspirators to “defraud the United States by using dishonesty, fraud, and deceit to impair, obstruct, and defeat the lawful federal government function by which the results of the presidential election are collected, counted, and certified by the federal government.”
Smith filed the indictment in Washington, D.C., where the case was “randomly” assigned to Judge Tanya Chutkan, who was appointed by then-President Barack Obama in 2014. Chutkan has made a name for herself, delivering some of the harshest sentences to Jan. 6 defendants. (READ MORE: Trump’s Top-Secret Trophies)
Trump has received widespread support from Republicans and from his GOP rivals in the presidential election. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) defended Trump on X, formerly Twitter, on Tuesday night, claiming: “When you drain The Swamp, The Swamp fights back. President Trump did nothing wrong!”
When you drain The Swamp, The Swamp fights back.
President Trump did nothing wrong!
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) August 1, 2023
Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy also came to the former president’s defense in a speech, calling the indictment “un-American” and promising to pardon Trump if he is elected in 2024.
“The corrupt federal police just won’t stop until they’ve achieved their mission: eliminate Trump,” he announced. “This is un-American & I commit to pardoning Trump for this indictment.”