According to reporting by The Independent, the Department of Justice plans to pursue charges against several individuals associated with former President Donald Trump and may also consider additional charges against the ex-president in the upcoming weeks.
Sources familiar with the matter have stated that the department is preparing to bring a “superseding indictment” in Florida’s Southern District which would entail an additional set of charges against the already-indicted defendant, potentially including more serious crimes.
However, prosecutors are also weighing the option of filing more charges against Trump in a different location depending on the progress of the current case.
The prosecutors will consider where they should pursue additional charges based on whether they think the Trump-appointed district judge, Aileen Cannon, is too lenient towards the former president, who has been indicted twice.
Federal prosecutors under Special Counsel Jack Smith are ready to add 30 to 45 more charges to the 37-count indictment filed against Trump on June 8. Federal prosecutors may include additional charges in a superseding indictment in the same Florida court or a different federal judicial district.
Regardless of where they choose to pursue the case, prosecutors may use undisclosed evidence against the former president, including additional recordings where Trump allegedly makes self-incriminating statements.
It has also been reported that Smith’s team is preparing to press charges against several of Trump’s attorneys who reportedly helped him in his efforts to remain in the White House despite losing the 2020 election.
Among those individuals is Rudy Giuliani, a figure whose law license had been suspended in New York and Washington and who was previously Trump’s lawyer and also served as the mayor of New York City.