Former US President Donald Trump later this month agreed to record an interview with Fox News Channel’s Brett Beyer, a spokesman for the channel confirmed. desk Earlier this week.
The interview was scheduled ahead of news on Thursday that a federal grand jury had indicted President Trump on seven criminal charges related to the storage of classified documents at the former president’s residence in Florida.
President Trump confirmed the charges in a written post on his social media platform, Truth Social. He has since released a video claiming his innocence.
The scheduled interview with Fox News would have been Trump’s second appearance on the network since announcing his intention to campaign for the Republican nomination in the 2024 presidential election. Earlier this month, he attended a town hall-style event with Fox News commentator Sean Hannity, but the event drew less than three million viewers.
President Trump was scheduled to tape his interview with Byer on Monday, June 19, with portions of the interview scheduled to air later that day on the show “Special Report.” Considering Thursday’s news, it’s not clear if the interview is still ongoing. A Fox News spokesperson has not yet responded to an email after hours asking for confirmation.
Late Thursday night, journalists on the website Fox News published an exclusive article based on an impromptu interview with President Trump, in which he called the accusations against him “election interference,” according to the agency. I told you.
“This is the most corrupt administration in history,” Trump said, according to reports. “There has never been a more corrupt regime, and they are just beginning to realize it.”
The federal charges against Trump have not been made public by the U.S. Department of Justice, but the Department’s special counsel, Jack Smith, has been investigating the mishandling of classified documents since at least last year.
The charges have not been confirmed, but sources told The New York Times that the charges included violations of the Espionage Act, including personal storage of classified defense materials, conspiracy and obstruction of justice.
The newspaper said Trump was summoned to appear in federal court early next week.