The US Justice Department makes public their charges against the ex-President who went after Hillary Clinton when he ran for President 6 years ago…..
“Lock her Up’ was his rally cry…..
He NOW faces Felony charges for NOT returning classified files demanded by the Government….
Special Councel Jack Smith for the US Justice Dept., indicted Trump and Walt Nauta ….
This isn’t about the Fed’s coming after ‘Him and others”….
It IS about the Government he swore to protect, coming after HIM, for criminal actions he seems to have shrugged off…..
Todays Media questions and views have little to do with what a jury will see and deal with….
Federal prosecutors unsealed the indictment laying out the government’s case against former President Donald J. Trump on Friday, detailing their allegations that he mishandled classified documents after leaving office and obstructed the government’s efforts to reclaim them.
Jack Smith, the special counsel who is bringing the case, said in brief remarks on Friday that the rule of law is a bedrock principle of the United States.
“We have one set of laws in this country and they apply to everyone,” he said. The investigation was being conducted with utmost integrity, he said, and promised to seek a speedy trial. He did not take questions.
The indictment gives the clearest picture yet of the files that Mr. Trump took with him when he left the White House. It said he had illegally kept hold of documents concerning “United States nuclear programs; potential vulnerabilities of the United States and its allies to military attack; and plans for possible retaliation in response to a foreign attack.”
The indictment names one of his personal aides, Waltine Nauta, as a co-conspirator who assisted in obstructing the investigation into the former president’s retention of sensitive defense documents at his resident and resort in Florida.
Prosecutors presented evidence that Mr. Trump shared a highly sensitive “plan of attack” against Iran to visitors at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., in July 2021 — and was recorded on tape describing the material as “highly confidential” and “secret,” while it admitting it had not been declassified.
In another incident in September 2021, he shared a top secret military map with a staffer at his political action committee who did not have a security clearance.
The filing includes many pictures of what appear to be bankers’ boxes, some containing highly sensitive national documents, which were haphazardly moved by Mr. Nauta and other aides at Mr. Trump’s behest. Some of the boxes appear to be sagging — and on Dec. 7, 2021, Mr. Nauta found that one of the boxes had toppled and spilled its contents on the floor.
The files that splayed on the carpet included the designation “SECRET/REL TO USA, FVEY” — which meant that they were meant to be seen by officials from the U.S., U.K. New Zealand and Australia with high-level security clearances.
Mr. Trump is expected to appear in Federal District Court in Miami on Tuesday afternoon. Judge Aileen M. Cannon is scheduled to preside over that initial hearing, according to people familiar with the matter. It was not clear whether Judge Cannon, who was criticized by a higher court for handing Mr. Trump a series of unusually favorable rulings during the early stages of the investigation, would remain assigned for the entirety of the case….
The charges …..
top image….Special counsel Jack Smith makes a statement from the Special Counsel’s Office in Washington on Friday.
bottom image…POLITICO Illustration