Arraignment Day: The Legal and the Political Cases

Former President Donald Trump arrives at the Miami International Airport June 12, 2023. Trump is scheduled to appear in federal court for his arraignment on charges including possession of national security documents after leaving office, obstruction, and making false statements. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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.”

Indeed. 

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. 

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