Trump on Trial

Special Counsel Jack Smith's full statement following Trump indictment

Special counsel Jack Smith emphasized that the indictment is an allegation and noted that Donald Trump is innocent until proven guilty.

Special Counsel Jack Smith
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Special counsel Jack Smith gave a brief statement after former President Donald Trump was indicted on four counts related to an effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election. 

Jack Smith's full statement:

Good evening. Today, an indictment was unsealed, charging Donald J. Trump with conspiring to defraud the United States, conspiring to disenfranchise voters and conspiring and attempting to obstruct an official proceeding. 

The indictment was issued by a grand jury of citizens here in the District of Columbia — and it sets forth the crimes charged in detail. I encourage everyone to read it in full. 

The attack on our nation's capitol on January 6, 2021, was an unprecedented assault on the seat of American democracy. It's described in the indictment. It was fueled by lies, lies by the defendant, targeted at obstructing a bedrock function of the U.S. government, the nation's process of collecting, counting and certifying the results of the presidential election. 

The men and women of law enforcement who defended the U.S. Capitol on January 6, are heroes. They're patriots and they are the very best of us. They did not just defend a building or the people sheltering in it, they put their lives on the line to defend who we are as a country and as a people. They defended the very institutions and principles that define the United States. 

Since the attack on our capital, the Department of Justice has remained committed to ensuring accountability for those criminally responsible for what happened that day. This case is brought consistent with our commitment and our investigation of other individuals continues. In this case, my office will seek a speedy trial so that our evidence can be tested in court and judged by a jury of citizens. In the meantime, I must emphasize that the indictment is only an allegation, and that the defendant must be presumed innocent until proven guilty, beyond a reasonable doubt, in a court of law. 

I would like to thank the members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who are working on this investigation with my office, as well as the many career prosecutors and law enforcement agents from around the country who have worked on previous January 6th investigations. These women and men are public servants of the very highest order, and it is a privilege to work alongside them. Thank you.