Former President Donald Trump, in a recent statement, expressed his expectation of being indicted by U.S. Special Counsel Jack Smith "any day now" for his conduct following the 2020 election. Trump took to his social media platform, asserting that he anticipates an indictment from what he referred to as the "deranged" Jack Smith and his alleged partisan group of thugs. Specifically, Trump mentioned that the indictment would likely pertain to his peaceful and patriotic speech.
The former president believes that this indictment is part of a broader effort to disrupt his potential 2024 presidential bid, despite current state and federal criminal charges against him. These charges include accusations regarding hush-money payments made to an adult film actress, as well as mishandling of classified documents after leaving office. Interestingly, Trump continues to dominate polls for the GOP nomination despite these ongoing legal challenges.
Recent reports from various media outlets suggest that Trump's political action committee, Save America, has expended approximately $40 million in legal fees during the first half of 2023 to defend Trump and his advisors. However, the former president's legal expenses may continue to mount if additional criminal charges emerge in Georgia and Washington D.C. Trump expressed his frustration with this situation, emphasizing that such actions represent election interference and prosecutorial misconduct.
Trump revealed earlier this month that Smith had informed him of being the target of a criminal probe related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Moreover, in June, Trump pleaded not guilty to 37 counts alleging that he retained sensitive military documents, shared them with individuals lacking security clearance, and attempted to circumvent the government's retrieval efforts.
Additionally, in April, Trump pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts in New York relating to accusations of arranging hush-money payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels through a lawyer before the 2016 election and then concealing them as legal expenses.