Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) reportedly stated on Monday that former President Donald Trump would be the target of a politically motivated federal indictment.
Cruz made the forecast on the grounds that Attorney General Merrick Garland has a personal grudge to payback, spurred in part by his loathing of Trump and his resentment of Republicans for blocking his Senate nomination to the Supreme Court years ago.
“Mark my words: I believe Merrick Garland will indict Donald Trump. He wants to indict Donald Trump because he hates Donald Trump. He hates him. He’s angry. Merrick Garland is angry that he wasn’t confirmed to the Supreme Court.” Cruz said during a recent interview with Sean Hannity.
On Monday, Trump’s legal team paid a visit to the DOJ as special counsel Jack Smith allegedly gets closer to deciding whether to file charges against the president for storing secret documents and obstructing justice by thwarting efforts by the agency to recover them.
Trump maintains his innocence by asserting that he had the authority to collect the declassified materials before leaving office and did so.
Cruz argued that because investigators discovered other high officials, including as President Joe Biden and former Vice President Mike Pence, had inappropriately kept confidential information in their hands after leaving office, Garland’s DOJ would concentrate on pursuing fabricated obstruction allegations.
“Mind you, he’s not saying the underlying classified documents were a crime because he’d have to indict Joe Biden too. He’s going to instead create a crime about a noncrime. That’s going to be the basis of the indictment.” Cruz claimed.
Cruz has established himself as a prominent Trump loyalist following their spat during the 2016 GOP presidential primary race.