Since we first heard about Donald Trump taking government documents to his resort in Florida, much speculation has ensued as to the “why.” Did he intend to sell them? Perhaps he planned to use them for blackmail. Whatever his reasons, now that Washington Post has released more about the content of those documents, the speculation will likely increase, as will the chance of indictments.
Documents that were in Donald Trump’s possession included intelligence on China and Iran, which Washington Post termed “highly sensitive.” One document contained information about Iran’s missile program, and the other included intelligence surrounding China. If these documents get into the wrong hands, our intelligence-gathering methods will be compromised. According to Washington Post, disclosure of the information in these documents could endanger collection methods and people who aid the intelligence community.
At this point, Trump has no defense to what he has done. He has jeopardized this country and everyone in it. Yet, he continues to spout his nonsense about declassifying the documents and even had the nerve to say that presidents can declassify documents “even by thinking about it.” He is out of his mind, is totally out of control, and something needs to be done about him before he does more harm. While Trump’s supporters and enablers may think nothing of what he has done, experts in the field see something very different. They are realistic, and they see the harm that Trump caused by removing these documents and then sloppily keeping them around his resort with newspaper clippings and other worthless documents.
Washington Post quoted David Laufman, a former DOJ official. Laufman has handled cases involving the mishandling of classified documents. He believes that the very nature of the documents recovered from Trump will be an “aggravating factor” in any decision to file charges against Trump. Amazingly, those who still seek to protect Trump see all this as nothing and believe the government is trying to “undermine” Trump. No one needs to undermine him; he does that quite well all by himself. He had no business taking those documents from the White House. No matter how much he claims otherwise, he knew full well what he was doing. He knew that those documents belonged in the National Archives, and he knew the importance of them. Yet, he handled them as if they were useless documents from his personal file-like the newspaper clippings he hoarded.
Norm Eisen and Andrew McCabe appeared on CNN with Ana Cabrera, and both agreed that the latest news is “stunning.” They reminded us that the DOJ is looking very closely at Trump’s actions, and only they can decide how best to approach criminal action against Donald Trump. Former FBI assistant director Frank Figliuzzi believes a charge of obstruction is a “slam dunk,” and he believe that charge will be filed by the end of the year. At this point, it is difficult to see how they could NOT prosecute Trump, and there may be more coming. Stay tuned. Glenn Kirshner ended his last video with: “Indictments are coming.”
Shirley is a former entertainment writer and has worked in the legal field for over 25 years