Trump critics mock his cries of ‘witch-hunt’ as he is indicted over secret papers

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critics of Donald Trump Twitter mocked the former president on Thursday night after it was revealed a grand jury chose to indict him on allegations arising from a Justice Department investigation of his handling of classified material.

“Trump will cry witch-hunt, and replay the hunt. He is not,” former Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois Tweeted.

He added: “He is corrupt. If in fact he was a victim (he is not) he would be one of the weakest people ever, because he is constantly victimized and cannot stop it. But he is not a victim but a criminal.” .

Mr Kinzinger’s tweet came shortly after Mr Trump revealed he was being accused in a Truth Social post where he said he was an “innocent man”.

mr trump wrote: “I never thought this could happen to a former President of the United States, who has received far more votes than any sitting President in our nation’s history, and all the candidates currently leading both Democrats and Republicans in the polls for the 2024 presidential election.”

It is the second time Mr Trump has been indicted but the first time he will face a federal indictment, According to reports, Mr Trump will face seven charges.

The indictment relates to allegations arising from the alleged illegal retention of national defense information.

Peter Strzok, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent who led the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election Tweeted a picture of the handcuffs after the news.

Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, Tweeted: “Remember: He is in this condition because of his actions; There was no “witch-hunt”; A federal judge ruled that there was probable cause that Trump had committed a crime. He owns it.

“One thing is certain – Trump is an absolute disgrace to our country!” John Cooper wrote.

The indictment comes as Mr Trump is seeking a third bid for the White House.

In statements sent to supporters, Mr Trump called on the fundraiser to “peacefully stand by me”.