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Trump’s DOJ Indictment ‘Might Not Be the Worst Case Scenario’: MSNBC Host

Trump’s DOJ Indictment ‘Might Not Be the Worst Case Scenario’: MSNBC Host

Following the announcement of the indictment of former President Donald Trump by the Biden Justice Department on Thursday evening, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow attempted to try and contain the excitement on the left.

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According to numerous sources, Trump has been charged on seven counts, but Maddow answered cautiously when host Joy Reid called her on the phone.

It’s one of those days, she added to Joy, “where you both think, wow, this is happening in my generation, in my lifetime.” We are the first to learn that a former president is facing federal criminal charges. Although there is a certain element of astonishment, I believe we have known this for a while.


She continued by stating that anyone who is pleased with the allegations may want to reconsider their enthusiasm.

“There are aspects of what we currently know that, in terms of what might have happened here, cut in the former president’s favor, to his profit, I believe. Just in terms of trial strategy, I’m sure he would prefer to stand before a jury in Florida over one in Washington, D.C.,” Maddow said.

“If this means that the charges are very specific to the handling of classified documents – and we’ll have to see what the specific charges are, how many there are, and how serious they are – then he can look to an interesting track record in terms of other people, even other high profile people, like for example, former General David Petraeus, who has been dinged for criminal conduct like that and essentially received a slap on the wrist.


“However, other individuals have been sentenced to prison for similar offenses. Therefore, it feels like a new low for American politics and what we expect of our political leaders while also being quite serious in terms of what it means for us, the American people. Additionally, at this moment, it doesn’t appear to be the worst-case scenario that Trump may have been anticipating, according to Maddow.

The New York Times lists the following charges as some of those that have been made public:

Unauthorized retention of national security documents

It is a crime to retain national security documents without authorization and to fail to deliver them to a government official entitled to take custody of them.

To win a conviction, prosecutors would have to show that Mr. Trump knew he was still in possession of the documents after leaving the White House and failed to comply when the government asked him to return them and then subpoenaed him.

Conspiracy Charges

It is a crime to agree with another person to break a law. Prosecutors would need to show that Mr. Trump and some other person had a meeting of the minds about committing a specific crime and that one of them took some step toward that goal. The penalty can be up to five years.


Concealing records to impede an official investigation is considered a criminal act. To build a case, prosecutors would have to establish several elements, including Trump’s awareness that he possessed records still subject to the custody efforts of the National Archives and Records Administration.

Additionally, they would need to demonstrate that he deliberately disregarded the Justice Department’s subpoena for classified files and intentionally influenced his subordinates to withhold these records while creating the impression that they had been fully provided. Each offense carries a potential penalty of up to 20 years.

False statement

“It is a crime to make a false statement to a law enforcement officer about a fact material to the officer’s investigation. Such crimes carry a penalty of up to five years per offense,” the Times reported.

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