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US: Trump says he expects to be indicted in Capitol riot probe

FORMER US president Donald Trump said Tuesday he has received a letter from prosecutors suggesting he is likely to be criminally indicted over the January 6 riot at the US Capitol.

“Deranged Jack Smith, the prosecutor with Joe Biden’s DOJ, sent a letter… stating that I am a TARGET of the January 6 Grand Jury investigation,” Trump said in a post on his Truth Social platform.

The former president, the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, said he received the letter on Sunday and was given “a very short four days” to report to a grand jury, “which almost always means an Arrest and Indictment.”

“This witch hunt is all about election interference and a complete and total political weaponization of law enforcement,” Trump said. “It is a very sad and dark period for our Nation!”

The 77-year-old Trump is already facing charges brought by Smith, the special counsel, for mishandling top secret government documents after leaving the White House.

According to the indictment, Trump kept the files — which included classified records from the Pentagon, CIA and National Security Agency — unsecured at his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida.

The judge presiding over the documents case is to hold a hearing later Tuesday to discuss a date for the trial to begin.

Prosecutors have asked for a December start while Trump’s defense attorneys have asked for it to begin after the November 2024 presidential election.

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