Trump’s legal issues
June 9, 2023 - Former President Donald Trump faces a slew of legal onslaughts, the latest being a federal indictment for violating the Espionage Act by mishandling classified information. Trump denies any wrongdoing.
The latest indictment is for the willful retention of national defence classified documents at his Florida estate, corruptly concealing documents, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and making false statements -- a remarkable development that makes him the first former president in U.S. history to face criminal charges by the federal government.
The indictment carries serious legal consequences, including the possibility of prison if he’s convicted. Trump will appear at a federal courthouse in Miami on June 13.
In March, the Manhattan district attorney indicted Trump on state charges related to hush-money payments to a former porn film star in 2016.
Jack Smith, the special counsel coordinating federal investigations into the Espionage Act indictments, oversees other inquiries related to Trump, including those regarding the deadly Capitol Building riot on January 6, 2021.
“Nothing stops Trump from running while indicted, or even convicted,” University of California, Los Angeles law professor Richard Hasen told CNN.
The U.S. Constitution requires only three things of candidates. They must be a natural born citizen, at least 35 years old, and residents of the U.S. for at least 14 years.
- Trump charged over classified documents in 1st federal indictment of an ex-president (Associated Press)
- Donald Trump’s criminal cases, explained (CNN)
- Trump Asks for New Carroll Trial or $4 Million Cut to Damages (Bloomberg)
- Donald Trump legal issues: What charges, lawsuits and investigations is he facing? (Reuters)