Washington – as Former President Donald Trump be prepared for serious situations appearing in court Tuesday price related to Storage of confidential documentsRepublican allies are amplifying claims that he is a target of terrorism, even though there is no evidence to support it. political prosecution.
Trump supporters cite to strengthen their case: 2016 DOJ Decision Don’t accuse former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, her Democratic opponent in that year’s presidential election, for handling classified information. His supporters also Separate classified documents investigation into President Joe Biden Arguing for a two-tiered justice system punishing Trump, The undisputed early frontrunner Against the Republican Party’s 2024 White House nomination for an act involving Democrats.
“Are there different standards for a Democratic secretary of state and a former Republican president?” Trump’s top candidate, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, said, “There is one standard of justice in this country. I think it’s necessary,” he said.
These arguments, however, overlook a wealth of factual and legal differences, primarily related to intent, state of mind, and deliberate sabotage, that limit the value of such comparisons.
Let’s take a look at the Clinton, Biden, and Trump investigations and what separates them.
What did Clinton do?
During her time as a top diplomat in the Obama administration, Clinton relied on a private email system for convenience. In 2015, her decision haunted her again. intelligence agency’s internal oversight agency It warned the FBI that there could be hundreds of emails containing sensitive information.
FBI agents would ultimately conclude that Mrs. Clinton was sending and receiving classified emails containing sensitive information at top-secret levels on that unclassified system.
of About 30,000 emails handed over by Clinton’s representatives, The FBI has announced that 110 emails out of 52 email chains were found to contain classified information, including some at top secret level.
After nearly a year of investigation, the FBI closed its investigation in July 2016, finding that Clinton had no intention of breaking the law. The agency reopened its investigation months later after discovering new emails 11 days before the presidential election. After reviewing these communications, the FBI again chose not to recommend prosecution.
What has Trump been accused of doing?
indictment Filed by the Department of Justice Special Counsel Jack Smith When Trump left the White House after his term ended in January 2021, he took hundreds of classified documents to his Mar-a-Lago Florida mansion and subsequently obtained records from the government he once oversaw. alleges that it has repeatedly thwarted the efforts of return.
Prosecutors said the documents held by President Trump related to the U.S. nuclear program, U.S. and foreign weapons and defense capabilities, and potential vulnerabilities to attack, and could threaten military and human resources if exposed. It is information that could threaten the security of resources.
Not only has the Justice Department hoarded documents in places like bathrooms, ballrooms, showers, and bedrooms, but it’s also suspected that President Trump will show classified information unclassified to visitors, especially by directing personal advisors. He claims to have interfered with the FBI. I charged with him to move the box around Mar-a-Lago to hide it from investigators.
Trump and his allies claim they have free rein on the documents under the Presidential Records Act, but the indictment lightly ignores that argument and never mentions the act. not
Overall, the indictment contains 37 felony charges against Mr. Trump, most under the Espionage Act of Intentional Retention of Defense Information.
What separates the Clinton and Trump cases?
There are many differences, but there are two important differences. It is deliberate and sabotage.
Then-FBI Director James Comey denounced Clinton’s e-mail behavior as “extremely careless,” in another harshly critical assessment that Clinton or her aides controlled classified information. He said investigators had found no clear evidence that he had intent to break the law.
As a result, “no sane prosecutor” will proceed with the case, Comey said. Espionage law suits brought by the Justice Department over the past century have all involved factors such as obstruction of justice and willful mishandling of classified information, he said. Documents and signs of dishonesty to the United States There were no such elements in the Clinton investigation, she said.
This contrasts with charges against Trump, who alleges prosecutors were involved in packing boxes for Mar-a-Lago and then took aggressive steps to hide classified documents from investigators. .
The indictment stated, for example, that the attorney concealed documents requested in the Department of Justice subpoena and falsely stated that all requested records had been turned over, even though more than 100 records were kept at the home. He has been charged with suspicion of making a statement.
The indictment repeatedly quoted President Trump himself, claiming that he knew what he was doing and what the law did and didn’t allow it. there is The document describes a July 2021 meeting at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he directed people without security clearance to view the materials to the Department of Defense’s “attack plan.” and declared, “As president, I could have declassified it.”
“Not now, but this is still a secret,” the indictment reads.
The audio-recorded conversation is likely to provide strong evidence to overrule Trump’s repeated claims that he declassified documents he brought to Mar-a-Lago.
Where does Biden fit in?
White House revealed in January Two months earlier, Biden’s attorneys announced they had found “a handful” of classified documents from his vice presidency during a search of the Washington office space of Biden’s former lab. The documents were turned over to the Justice Department.
Biden’s Lawyer Afterwards Additional batch of classified documents found at Biden’s home Wilmington, Delaware and the FBI found more When conducting a voluntary property search.
The revelations are a humiliating setback to Biden’s efforts to draw a sharp contrast between his treatment of classified information and that of President Trump. Still, like Mrs Clinton, the issues are very different.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said in January: Second Special Counsel Investigating Biden Dossier, No charges have been filed, and there has been no evidence, at least so far, to suggest that anyone intentionally moved classified documents or attempted to prevent the FBI from recovering classified documents.
The FBI obtained a search warrant last August to retrieve additional classified documents, but all searches for Mr. Biden were voluntary with the team’s consent.
Meanwhile, the Department of Justice President Trump notified Vice President Mike Pence earlier this month. He said he would not press charges after classified documents were found at his home in Indiana. The case also did not involve allegations of willful detention or obstruction.
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