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It’s the crime and the cover-up

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More details about the indictment of Trump have been revealed:

The indictment, filed in Federal District Court in Miami, is the first time in American history a former president has faced federal charges. It puts the nation in an extraordinary position, given Mr. Trump’s status not only as a onetime chief executive but also as the front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination to face President Biden, whose administration will now be seeking to convict his potential rival.

Mr. Trump was charged with a total of seven counts, including willfully retaining national defense secrets in violation of the Espionage Act, making false statements and an obstruction of justice conspiracy, according to people familiar with the matter.

Mr. Trump is expected to surrender himself to authorities in Miami on Tuesday, according to a person close to him and his own post on Truth Social.

The indictment, filed by the office of the special counsel Jack Smith, came about two months after local prosecutors in New York filed more than 30 felony charges against Mr. Trump in a case connected to a hush money payment to a porn star in advance of the 2016 election.

Mr. Smith is also investigating Mr. Trump’s wide-ranging efforts to retain power after his election loss in 2020, and how those efforts led to the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob.

To be Scrupulously Fair, here’s a very compelling defense of Trump by someone with a law degree:

“Your honor, I didn’t steal my neighbor’s Porsche for any nefarious purposes, I just like driving nice cars.” Well, OK then!

Incidentally, it’s worth noting that the only reason Trump is the first former president to be indicted is that Gerald Ford unwisely preempted them. This was also very unpopular, and should not be seen as establishing some kind of American constitutional tradition that former presidents should be above the law.

…and the argument is particularly ridiculous coming from the party that made Hillary Clinton’s compliance with email server management best practices the defining issue of the 2016 campaign:

“At will” yeah the problem with these indictments was that Merrick Garland was just to impulsive and refused to let the process play out.

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