Donald Trump is now directly threatening the Justice Department in a desperate scheme to evade indictment and prosecution over his illegal hoarding of classified documents.
The Justice Department recently obtained boxes of documents Trump had been storing at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida after the FBI served a search warrant to recover them.
Trump’s legal jeopardy has only grown, and now a special master will likely go through the documents to determine if any documents are covered by attorney-client privilege. This after Trump went judge shopping and managed to get Judge Aileen Cannon to protect him.
Trump is being investigated for possibly violating the Espionage Act and the Presidential Records Act, and he could be indicted and prosecuted. Trump’s case is weak, so he is resorting to issuing threats that could incite his supporters to commit acts of violence similar to when they stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, in a failed bid to keep him in power.
“I think, if it happened, you’d have problems in this country the likes of which, perhaps, you have ever seen before,” Trump told Hugh Hewitt during an interview on Thursday. “I don’t think the people of the United States would stand for it. I just don’t think they’d stand for it. They will not sit still and stand for this ultimate of hoaxes.”
Except it’s not a hoax. The law makes it clear that presidents cannot take documents with them, especially classified documents. This is to not only protect the documents for posterity but to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands or being used as leverage. Trump stole several boxes of documents when he left the White House. And he did not declassify them either as he has claimed. Not even his filing with Cannon’s court used that as an argument.
Furthermore, a recent poll finds that 47 percent of Americans think Trump should be indicted and 61 percent do not want him to run for office again. Only 27 percent ignorantly believe Trump did nothing wrong. So, it’s pretty clear that the only people who would “not sit still and stand for” Trump’s indictment are his own hardcore supporters, not the majority of Americans.
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