Neglect, narcissistic taste for possession, lying, concealment. But above all, absolute disregard for national security. The indictment published Friday, June 9, listing the charges against Donald Trump in the case of classified documents kept in his residence in Mar-a-Lago (Florida), draws a character and makes you dizzy. Supporting evidence – photos, audio recordings and SMS – he details how the former president sought to deceive the federal authorities, not to return the confidential archives illegally taken away when he left the White House in January 2021.
Donald Trump will appear formally on June 13 in a court in Miami (Florida) to be notified of his indictment. On Friday, in a brief and rare speech, special prosecutor Jack Smith, in charge of the investigation, paid tribute to his team and to the investigators of the federal police (FBI). He invited the American public to read the court document, in order to “understand the extent and severity” of the alleged crimes and wished a “quick trial”.
The charges brought are heavy. Their stake is not just personal probity in bankruptcy, but the security of the United States. Principals hold withholding and concealing national defense information in violation of the Espionage Act, false statements, conspiracy to obstruct justice, along with his personal assistant, Waltine Nauta, also charged. Some of these leaders are liable to ten and twenty years in prison. “Our laws protecting national defense information are essential to the safety and security of the United States, and they must be enforced.a souligné Jack Smith. Violating these laws puts our country at risk. »
President Donald Trump used to store all kinds of souvenirs in cardboard boxes: press clippings, photographs, but also classified documents on the most sensitive subjects. Among them, the American nuclear capacities, advanced armaments, the potential vulnerabilities of the country to a possible foreign attack as well as those of allies of America, or the plans of reprisals to an attack. State secrets, which Donald Trump treated like old issues of the magazine Sports Illustrated.
Boxes scattered in Mar-a-Lago
On January 20, 2021, the day the ex-president, denying the reality of his defeat, had to leave the White House, he had the boxes of archives transported to his residence in Mar-a-Lago. He “was personally involved in this process”, underlines the indictment. He had no legal right to do so.
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