Defiant Donald Trump attacks ‘nasty’ Pence and ‘deranged’ special consul Jack Smith
Former president Donald Trump has arrived in Miami ahead of his arraignment on 37 charges over his handling of classified documents after leaving the White House.
The former president flew from Newark Liberty International Airport to Miami International Airport yesterday afternoon and spent the night at his Mar-a-Lago estate – the Florida home where he is accused of hoarding troves of classified papers, including national defence information.
Mr Trump will appear for his arraignment in a federal courtroom in downtown Miami this afternoon, before flying straight back to New Jersey where he has announced plans to deliver remarks tonight at his golf club.
While Mr Trump gave defiant speeches at two Republican state conventions on Saturday in Georgia and North Carolina, his former attorney general Bill Barr has said that – after reviewing the indictment – he believes Mr Trump is “toast”.
“If even half of it is true, then he’s toast,” he said of the 49-page indictment.
Mr Trump responded by lashing out at Mr Barr both on Truth Social and during a sprawling interview on Roger Stone’s radio show where he branded the former top prosecutor a “gutless pig”.
Eight key takeaways from the Trump indictment
The federal indictment against Donald Trump outlines 37 counts related to retaining classified information, willfully retaining national defence information, conspiracy to obstruct justice and more.
Here are key points from the unsealed indictment.
Ariana Baio13 June 2023 08:00
Trump will face judge in historic court appearance over charges he mishandled secret documents
Donald Trump was set to make his first court appearance on Tuesday in a historic criminal case charging the former president with hoarding top secret government documents, boastfully displaying them to visitors and trying to hide them from investigators who demanded them back.
Mr Trump approached his Miami court date with characteristic bravado, insisting as he has done through years of legal woes that he has done nothing wrong and was being persecuted for political purposes.
But the gravity of the moment is unmistakable as he answers to 37 felony counts that accuse him of willfully retaining classified records that prosecutors say could have jeopardized national security if exposed.
The case is laden with political implications for Mr Trump, who currently holds the dominant spot in the early days of the 2024 Republican presidential primary.
But it also poses profound legal consequences given the prospect of a years-long prison sentence. Even for a defendant whose post-presidential life has been dominated by investigations, the documents probe has stood out for both the apparent volume of evidence amassed by prosecutors and the severity of the allegations.
Namita Singh13 June 2023 07:40
Dutiful Nauta an ‘easy prey’
Ty Cobb, the former White House attorney who served as Donald Trump’s lawyer during the Russia investigation, said he felt sorry for Walt Nauta, whom he described as a dutiful worker who “nods and then does what he’s been told to do.”
“I think Walt is easy prey for the president because this is a dedicated patriot,” he said. “The proudest moment he ever had was being named valet to the president and sadly the president he got named valet for was Trump.”
Mr Cobb recalled Mr Nauta stopping by his home, checking in on him and fetching him club soda when he was working late. He said he remembered how Mr Nauta noticed — after dozens of uneaten hamburgers — that Mr Cobb didn’t eat meat and quietly began substituting salmon for his lunches.
“I think it’s really sad that people were not able to convince him of his misplaced loyalty,” Mr Cobb said of Mr Nauta’s decision not to cooperate with prosecutors. “He should be a witness. He shouldn’t be a defendant. But you can only dangle that opportunity for so long before you have to shoot. So I think it’s tragic.”
John Dean, the White House counsel who testified against former president Richard Nixon over Watergate and later served four months for obstructing justice, said that he would advise Mr Nauta to turn against Mr Trump.
“He could strike a good deal and help put it away for the government,” he said on CNN.
As for Michael Cohen, he gave grand jury testimony over the hush money payments that led to the first-ever criminal charges against a former president. Mr Trump was indicted in March in New York on 34 counts of falsifying business records in connection to the payouts to the women who alleged sexual encounters with him. Mr Trump has denied the allegations and any criminal wrongdoing.
Weisselberg, who testified against the Trump Organization at his trial, said on the witness stand that neither Mr Trump nor his family knew about the tax scheme. Prosecutors maintained Mr Trump “knew exactly what was going on.”
Cohen said Mr Nauta should learn from his own experience that devotion to Mr Trump isn’t worth the consequences.
“I predict Walt will suffer the exact same outcome as the rest of us who have all been thrown under the bus for the benefit of Donald J Trump,” Cohen said, describing “just another Trump acolyte whose life has been turned completely upside down for his misguided loyalty to a man who didn’t deserve it.”
Namita Singh13 June 2023 07:20
Ex-Trump security official says his handling of classified documents could have cost lives
A Trump administration Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official has given a stunning assessment of the toll that Donald Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified documents has taken on the safety and security of the American people.
Elizabeth Neumann, who served as the DHS’s assistant secretary for counterterrorism from February 2017 to April 2020 and now works as an ABC News contributor, told ABC’s This Week that lives may have been lost as a result of the former president’s actions.
“This causes people to die,” she said.
Ariana Baio13 June 2023 07:00
Nauta faces six federal charges in Trump’s hoarding of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago
Walt Nauta, according to the indictment unsealed Friday, played a crucial role in the alleged scheme with Mr Trump, who is charged with 37 counts of illegally hoarding classified documents and obstructing the government’s efforts to get them back.
The government alleges Mr Nauta helped pack Trump’s boxes before he left the White House and repeatedly moved them to various rooms at Mar-a-Lago in response to Trump’s requests.
At one point, the indictment alleges, Mr Nauta discovered several boxes had fallen over in the storage room, dumping their contents on the floor. He snapped and shared photographs of the scene, which included a document with a visible marking, warning it was restricted to only the Five Eyes intelligence alliance.
Mr Nauta was key to Mr Trump’s investigation early on, with FBI agents grilling him about the movement of boxes inside Mar-a-Lago weeks before serving their search warrant at the property. Like other witnesses close to Mr Trump, though, his answers to law enforcement put him in legal jeopardy.
Although prosecutors say Mr Nauta moved boxes of documents to Mr Trump’s residence for his review at his direction, he lied to agents by saying he wasn’t aware of that happening, according to the indictment. And when agents asked if he knew where on the property the boxes had been stored, he said, “I wish, I wish I could tell you. I don’t know. I don’t — I honestly just don’t know.”
Mr Nauta’s attorney, Stanley Woodward, declined to answer questions about the charges or any efforts to get his client to turn on the former president, but confirmed the two would appear together.
Mr Nauta faces six federal charges, including conspiracy to obstruct justice, corruptly concealing a document or record and making false statements. His inclusion in the indictment was met by protest from Trump, who praised Nauta as “a wonderful man” who had “done a fantastic job!”
“They are trying to destroy his life, like the lives of so many others, hoping that he will say bad things about ‘Trump.’ He is strong, brave, and a Great Patriot. The FBI and DOJ are CORRUPT!” he wrote.
Namita Singh13 June 2023 06:40
Walt Nauta is the latest Trump loyalist to face potential jail time
When former president Donald Trump appears in federal court on Tuesday, he will be joined at the defence table by a man well-practised in standing by his side: his valet turned alleged co-conspirator, Walt Nauta.
Mr Nauta, a Navy veteran who fetched Mr Trump’s Diet Cokes as his valet at the White House before joining him as a personal aide at Mar-a-Lago, now finds himself in legal jeopardy alongside the former president. He is accused of moving boxes from the White House at Mr Trump’s direction and then lying about it to investigators.
Mr Nauta is the latest in a series of Trump loyalists to face potential jail time after his work for the former president.
Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime fixer and attorney, spent more than 13 months in prison over payouts he helped arrange during the 2016 presidential race to keep women from going public about alleged sexual encounters with Mr Trump. Allen Weisselberg, the former chief financial officer at the Trump Organization, just finished serving three months at Rikers Island after pleading guilty to receiving $1.7 million in unreported job perks.
“Loyalty to Donald Trump is like First Avenue in Manhattan: one way. History has shown time and again that Donald cares for no one other than himself,” said Cohen, who has since turned on Mr Trump and eventually tried to win leniency by cooperating with prosecutors.
Namita Singh13 June 2023 06:21
ICYMI: Trump waves as he boards plane to Miami arraignment
Trump waves as he boards plane to Miami arraignment
Ariana Baio13 June 2023 06:00
Trump asserts candidacy for 2024 presidential election
Donald Trump remained firm about his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election, ahead of his arraignment in Miami.
There were no circumstances “whatsoever” under which he would leave the 2024 race, where he’s been dominating the Republican primary, he told his friend and adviser Roger Stone in an interview on WABC Radio.
Namita Singh13 June 2023 05:40
Trump calls on supporters to ‘protest peacefully’
Donald Trump landed in Miami around 3pm on Monday and got into a waiting SUV. He was expected to huddle with advisers before his court appearance, as he looks to line up additional lawyers following the departure before his indictment last week of two attorneys who had handled the defence for months
.He’s encouraged supporters to join a planned protest at the Miami courthouse on Tuesday, where he will face the charges and surrender to the authorities.“We need strength in our country now,” Mr Trump said on Sunday, speaking to longtime friend and adviser Roger Stone in an interview on WABC Radio.
“And they have to go out and they have to protest peacefully. They have to go out.”“Look, our country has to protest. We have plenty to protest. We’ve lost everything,” he went on.
Namita Singh13 June 2023 05:20
Evidence in classified documents indictment may have come from Trump’s lawyer
Some evidence included in the federal indictment against former president Donald Trump allegedly included voice notes recorded by Mr Trump’s lawyer M Evan Corcoran.
According to a report from The New York Times, Mr Corcoran allegedly recorded voice notes describing his work for Mr Trump when he was hired as a legal team member. The notes supposedly included a “narrative tone” from Mr Corcoran where he recounted his time working for Mr Trump – including the former president allegedly asking his attorneys to ignore the initial subpoena.
Mr Corcoran’s voice notes were obtained as evidence via a crime-fraud exception which can allow prosecutors to obtain evidence around the attorney-client privilege if the communications in question were in furtherance of the crime.
Ariana Baio13 June 2023 05:00
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