The Legal Case
As former Attorney General Bill Barr said, “This would have gone nowhere had the president just returned the documents. But he jerked them around for a year and a half.”
By now, I suspect you’ve read enough about Donald Trump’s indictment by the Justice Department and how detailed it is and how damning it is and yada yada. So let’s talk defense.
I want to emphasize a couple things first. Trump isn’t charged with taking the documents from the White House. He’s charged with 1) keeping the documents after federal law enforcement asked for them back, 2) hiding the documents after they asked for them back, and 3) lying about it.