Skip to comments.A Destructive Trump Indictment. Do prosecutors understand the forces they are unleashing?
Posted on 06/09/2023 4:37:59 PM PDT by karpov
Whether you love or hate Donald Trump, his indictment by President Biden’s Justice Department is a fraught moment for American democracy. For the first time in U.S. history, the prosecutorial power of the federal government has been used against a former President who is also running against the sitting President. This is far graver than the previous indictment by a rogue New York prosecutor, and it will roil the 2024 election and U.S. politics for years to come.
Special counsel Jack Smith announced the indictment in a brief statement on Friday. But no one should be fooled: This is Attorney General Merrick Garland’s responsibility. Mr. Garland appointed Mr. Smith to provide political cover, but Mr. Garland, who reports to Mr. Biden, has the authority to overrule a special counsel’s recommendation. Americans will inevitably see this as a Garland-Biden indictment, and they are right to think so.
The indictment levels 37 charges against Mr. Trump that are related to his handling of classified documents, including at his Mar-a-Lago club, since he left the White House. Thirty-one of the counts are for violating the ancient and seldom-enforced Espionage Act for the “willful retention of national defense information.”
But it’s striking, and legally notable, that the indictment never mentions the Presidential Records Act (PRA) that allows a President access to documents, both classified and unclassified, once he leaves office. It allows for good-faith negotiation with the National Archives. Yet the indictment assumes that Mr. Trump had no right to take any classified documents.
This doesn’t fit the spirit or letter of the PRA, which was written by Congress to recognize that such documents had previously been the property of former Presidents. If the Espionage Act means Presidents can’t retain any classified documents, then the PRA is all but meaningless.
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Mr. Smith’s wife is a supposed filmmaker who made a slurpy film about Meshelle Obama and is a substantial money contributor to the crook in the White House.
Levin said something about Monaco being behind picking him ...
Do you think they Give One G-Damn?
what is conclusion?
This no talent Jack White, his black twin in New York, and his old queen Attorney General will have no public safe harbor for the rest of their lives per the hostility they will face and (unfairly) their dopey kids and family. This will NEVER “age well”!
You folks are missing something. These prats are smart. They know when there’s no fight in their enemies.
WSJ. Consider the source.
They don’t care. Given all that’s going on in the country, they have no fear of Republicans taking power. And even if they did, Republicans don’t have the guts to use such power.
Only one man would use that kind of power, and they won’t let him gain access to it again.
Alea iacta est.
They saw how easy America accepted a blatant election steal in 2020 and now they think they can do anything in broad daylight.
It’s their aim here and elsewhere
It’s almost like it’s not about leftism truly
I mean the left is now all about corporatism and billionaires and foreign wars and state surveillance
Pet projects are anything destroys Christendom and white culture
Trump is about all that stands in the way
Bragging authoritarian bureaucrats.
Lol. I read this as ‘trannies’ the first time. That works too!
As an Albertan, we’re in the same boat. They want us to be in a conflict so they can drop the hammer.
It’s mostly about globalism. Total consolidation of power. The American leftists and lib causes have just been useful idiots.
The indictment is obviously a hit piece on Trump, when this likely could have been negotiated away. One of the best precedents in his favor are the tape recordings Bill Clinton made of his phone calls with foreign leaders, which he was ultimately allowed to keep, when he was taken to trial for keeping them.
However, the biggest question to many in court of public opinion, is why did/does Trump think he needs to keep these classified documents, such as potential war plans, in his possession in the first place?
The democrats probably feel quite safe in a belief that the deep state will only go after their ideological opponents. Recent history has thus far sustained their case.
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