- A federal grand jury in South Florida indicted former President Donald Trump and his personal aide, Waltine “Walt” Nauta, with a combined 38-count indictment.
- The charges include 31 counts of willful retention of national defense information, conspiracy to obstruct justice, withholding a document, concealing documents, and making false statements and representations.
- The indictment alleges the improper retention of classified documents, including defense strategies and weapons capabilities of the US and foreign countries.
- It’s also alleged that Trump and Nauta endeavored to obstruct the investigation by moving and concealing boxes of documents.
- Trump was summoned to appear at the federal courthouse in Miami for his initial appearance.
In a historic move, a federal grand jury in South Florida has indicted former President Donald Trump and his personal aide, Waltine “Walt” Nauta, on a combined 38 counts.
This marks the first time in US history that a former president has been indicted by the federal government.
The 44-page indictment accuses Trump and Nauta of various offences, including:
- 31 counts of willful retention of national defense information
- conspiracy to obstruct justice
- withholding a document
- corruptly concealing a document
- concealing a document in a federal investigation
- a scheme to conceal
- false statements and representations.
Prosecutors allege that hundreds of classified documents were improperly retained at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago compound, including sensitive information about the United States and foreign nations’ defense and weapons capabilities. If disclosed, this information could potentially put national security at risk.
The indictment also alleges that Trump and Nauta obstructed the ensuing investigation by making false statements about possessing any responsive documents, moving boxes of documents to conceal them from his attorneys, the FBI, and the grand jury.
It further accuses them of suggesting to Trump’s attorney that they hide or destroy the documents, instead of surrendering them to the grand jury.
Federal charges against Trump and Nauta mark a significant development in the ongoing legal challenges faced by the former president.
He has already been indicted by Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg, and there are rumors of additional charges being sought by special counsel Jack Smith’s office.
Trump was summoned to appear at the federal courthouse in Miami for his initial appearance.
The hypocrisy of what is happening right now can’t be ignored.
During her tenure as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton used a private email account for official public communications rather than using a government-provided email account.
The email account was hosted on a private server located in the Clintons’ home in Chappaqua, New York.
The issue came to light in 2015, and it was criticized because it potentially violated several federal laws regarding the security and preservation of official communications.
It was also alleged that the use of a private server could have enabled Clinton to hide unethical or illegal conduct.
In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and subsequent litigation, the State Department asked Clinton to turn over her work-related emails, which she did, approximately 30,000 of them.
Clinton’s lawyers then deleted about 31,000 emails that they determined were personal and not work-related. This action of deleting emails led to accusations of cover-up and demands for a more thorough investigation.
The FBI started an investigation into the issue in July 2015.
In July 2016, then-FBI Director James Comey announced that the FBI’s investigation had concluded that Clinton was “extremely careless” in handling her email system but recommended that no charges be filed against her.
However, just days before the 2016 Presidential Election, Comey announced the FBI was reopening the investigation after discovering additional emails, causing a major political controversy.
A few days later, the FBI announced that the newly discovered emails did not change their initial conclusion, but the political impact was significant.
Clinton after seeing Trump indicted has flaunted her getting away with skirting justice posted the following on Twitter:
We claim no one is above the law. It is Crystal Clear that this is not true.