The Espionage Act charges were brought by a legal expert when prosecutors found evidence that Trump sometimes showed classified documents to others and kept them in a place visible to others in his office.
In a negative and well-written report in Washington Postwe learned today: “Prosecutors in the case have also found evidence that Trump sometimes kept confidential documents in his office where they were visible and sometimes showed them to others, said these people.
Taken together, the new details of the investigation conducted by the two groups indicate a wider and more specific nature of the potential interference by the FBI and the Department of Justice than previously reported. “
Even during his presidency when Trump treated Mar-a-Lago as the “Winter White House” he did not keep visitor logs or any other way to track visitors. Forbes has listed a few of the thousands of visitors through a combination of shared photos and other methods, they feature people ranging from conspiracy theorists to former member of the European Parliament Nigel Farage Ray J is a former executive who admitted to lying to investigators about Michael Flynn (not a big man to see classified documents), Roger Stone who was accused by the government of interfering with the Russian investigation by lying about his connections with Wikileaks, intimidating witnesses. , and others were found guilty of seven crimes but he was later pardoned by Trumpand in addition to the usual suspects Republicans and activists were son of Brazilian President Eduardo Bolsonaro and Lee Dong-sup, who was a member of the South Korean parliament in 2018. Representatives from Brazil, South Korea and Russia – check.
This list is not comforting, especially from a man who made his own “comedy”. The big “red button”. just last night.
On this deeply disturbing story, the Special Counsel for the Department of Defense and editor-in-chief of Just Security. Ryan Goodman wrote, “I expect this will lead to Espionage Act charges. Publicity is essential.”
2. Trump’s report on the RETURN of classified documents is more serious than the lawsuits the Justice Department ACTUALLY opposes.
COMMUNICATING or TRANSMITTING confidential documents to third parties is considered a serious matter. pic.twitter.com/54nQ3r3bDU
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) May 25, 2023
“What has been said has gone beyond the issue of obstruction. The intentional disclosure of certain individuals is also easily distinguished from Mr. Pence, Mr. Biden, in some cases where the DOJ has refused to prosecute (e.g., Alberto Gonzales),” Goodman said.
In a follow-up tweet, he highlighted this news story, “The second employee helping Walt Nauta move boxes into the storage room the day before the FBI arrived on June 3rd.
The next day… “the employee helped Nauta load the SUV ‘when former president Trump went to Bedminster.’
Goodman pointed to a section that says the DOJ has “evidence that even before Trump’s office received the document in May, it had what some officials called a ‘dress rehearsal’ in moving government documents it didn’t want to release. It concludes that the following two charges apply:
18 USC 1519 – blocking
18 USC 793(e) – willful retention
People familiar with the matter told Post reporters that “Smith’s team has completed extensive investigative work on the charges and believes it has uncovered multiple levels of obstruction,” one of which occurred AFTER the FBI’s investigation on August 8. .
Donald Trump has denied all wrongdoing in the high-profile cases, even when he appeared on March Fox that he “had the right to take” the high-profile documents with him to Mar-a-Lago and in his recent CNN interview when asked if he had shown the classified documents to anyone, he said, “No…I would be free…not what I would think.”
In fact, knowingly disclosing public information without a warrant is a federal crime under the Espionage Act, which is why Goodman mentioned it. Punishment can be up to 10 years in prison or being charged with treason.
Trump has called the investigation a “witch hunt.”
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