Donald Trump has been attacking special counsel Jack Smith nearly nonstop on Truth Social, claiming he is “deranged” and now labeling him “a coward and a thug,” CNN reports.
Trump’s Trial Is Unlikely Before the 2024 Election
Renato Mariotti: “The details of Donald Trump’s new criminal indictment have just emerged but already people wonder whether a trial on these federal charges could be finished before the November 2024 elections.”
“The answer, for a number of reasons, is almost certainly not.”
For members: The Clock Is Ticking for a Trump Conviction
Trump’s Actions Were More Blatant Than Known
New York Times: “If one theme emerged from the account presented by prosecutors in the indictment of former President Donald Trump that was unsealed on Friday, it was that even after months of relentless news reporting on the case, Mr. Trump’s handling of classified documents was more cavalier — and his efforts to obstruct the government’s attempts to retrieve them more blatant — than was previously known.”
“On nearly every one of its 49 pages, the indictment revealed a shocking example of Mr. Trump’s indifferent attitude toward some of the country’s most sensitive secrets — and of his persistent willfulness in having his aides and lawyers do his bidding in stymying attempts by the government to get the records back.”
The Economist: “The allegations are stunning.”
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McCarthy Says Trump Indictment Will ‘Disrupt the Nation’
Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told Fox News the federal indictment of Donald Trump will “disrupt the nation,” arguing that it violates the principle of equal justice under the law.
He added: “And we’re not going to stand for it.”
Biden Silent on Trump Indictment
President Biden declined to weigh in on the federal indictment of Donald Trump, USA Today reports.
Said Biden: “I have no comment.”
Biden also said he hasn’t spoken with Attorney General Merrick Garland: “And I’m not going to speak with him.”
Four Takeaways from the Trump Indictment
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Extra Bonus Quote of the Day
“We have now reached a war phase. Eye for an eye.”
— Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), on Twitter, after the Donald Trump indictment was made public.
Trump’s Far-Right Supporters Threaten Civil War
“In what is becoming a now all-too-familiar trend, former President Donald Trump’s far-right supporters have threatened civil war after news broke Thursday that the former president was indicted for allegedly taking classified documents from the White House without permission,” Vice News reports.
Said one Trump supporter on The Donald, a rabidly pro-Trump message board: “We need to start killing these traitorous fuckstains.”
Another user added: “It’s not gonna stop until bodies start stacking up. We are not civilly represented anymore and they’ll come for us next. Some of us, they already have.”
Boris Johnson Steps Down After ‘Partygate’ Report
“Former U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson shocked Britain on Friday by quitting as a lawmaker after being told he will be sanctioned for misleading Parliament,” the AP reports.
“Johnson quit after receiving the results of an investigation by lawmakers over misleading statements he made to Parliament about partygate.”
Jack Smith Speaks
Special counsel Jack Smith made a statement on the indictment unsealed today against former President Donald Trump.
Said Smith: “This indictment was voted by a grand jury of citizens in the Southern District of Florida and I invite everyone to read it in full to understand the scope and the gravity of the crimes charged.”
He added: “We have one set of laws in this country and they apply to everyone… My office will seek a speedy trial on this matter, consistent with the public interest and the rights of the accused.”
Quote of the Year
“Wouldn’t it be better if we just told them we don’t have anything here?”
— Donald Trump, according to one of his lawyers in the indictment, discussing the FBI subpoena for classified documents.
‘Now We Have a Problem’
From an exchange between Donald Trump and a staffer contained in the indictment released today.
TRUMP: By the way. Isn’t that incredible?
TRUMP: I was just thinking, because we were talking about it. And you know, he said, “he wanted to attack [Country A], and what…
STAFFER: You did.
TRUMP: This was done by the military and given to me. Uh, I think we can probably, right?
STAFFER: I don’t know, we’ll, we’ll have to see. Yeah, we’ll have to try to-
TRUMP: Declassify it.
STAFFER: -figure out a -yeah.
TRUMP: See as president I could have declassified it.
STAFFER: Yeah. [Laughter]
TRUMP: Now I can’t, you know, but this is still a secret.
STAFFER: Yeah. [Laughter] Now we have a problem.
TRUMP: Isn’t that interesting?
Trump Indictment Unsealed
Federal charges against Donald Trump were made public in case involving his handling of classified information.
Key takaway: “The classified documents Trump stored in his boxes included information regarding defense and weapons capabilities of both the United States and foreign countries; United States nuclear programs; potential vulnerabilities of the United States and its allies to military attack; and plans for possible retaliation in response to a foreign attack. The unauthorized disclosure of these classified documents could put at risk the national security of the United States, foreign relations, the safety of the United States military, and human sources and the continued viability of sensitive intelligence collection methods.”
Special counsel Jack Smith will make a statement about the case, but not take questions, at 3 p.m ET.
Hillary Clinton Reacts to Trump Indictment
Hillary Clinton reacted to Donald Trump’s federal indictment by making a pitch for her “But Her Emails” merchandise.
Feds Investigate Conservative Efforts to Infiltrate DNC
“Federal prosecutors are investigating conservative-backed efforts in Wyoming to infiltrate the Democratic National Committee ahead of the 2020 election,” CNN reports.
The investigation appears to stem from a 2021 New York Times article that, citing interviews and documents, detailed “an undercover operation by conservatives to infiltrate progressive groups, political campaigns, and the offices of Democratic as well as moderate Republican elected officials during the 2020 election cycle.”
Russia to Deploy Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Belarus
“Russia will start deploying tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus after special storage facilities are made ready on July 7-8, President Vladimir Putin said on Friday, Moscow’s first move of such warheads outside Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union,” Reuters reports.
Rhode Island Councilman Arrested Again
Former Rhode Island councilman Matthew Reilly (R) was arrested on multiple counts of child molestation, weeks after he was found passed out in his car with drug paraphernalia around him, the Providence Journal reports.
Trump ‘Body Man’ Indicted
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