Donald Trump has made several comments regarding the document case that lead to his indictment. Investigations like the one conducted in this instance are complex and can involve a significant amount of documentary evidence. It is important to be knowledgeable about this process so that we as citizens can make informed decisions regarding the information found online.
Trump Indictment Fact Check
- Trump’s claim: “Thousands of documents disappeared from the investigation.”
- There is no evidence to support Trump’s claim that thousands of documents have vanished from the investigation. It is common for investigations to involve large volumes of documents, and it is unlikely that such a significant number would simply go missing.
- Trump’s claim: “Key documents were purposely destroyed to hide the truth.”
- There is no available evidence to substantiate Trump’s claim that crucial documents were intentionally destroyed to conceal the truth. Destroying evidence would be highly illegal and would likely result in severe consequences.
- Trump’s claim: “The investigation is a witch hunt based on fabricated documents.”
- Trump’s assertion of the investigation being a witch hunt based on fabricated documents is unsubstantiated. Investigations of this nature typically rely on a range of evidence, including documents, witness testimonies, and other forms of corroboration.
- Trump’s claim: “Barack Obama “moved more than 20 truckloads, over 33 million pages of documents, both classified and unclassified, to a poorly built and totally unsafe former furniture store”
- When former President Obama decided that he would not build a physical, NARA-operated Presidential Library, NARA transported the classified records back to secure locations in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. The Obama Foundation provided NARA with funds to help convert the Hoffman Estates facility and to cover some of the expenses of moving the classified records, but the foundation has never had possession or control over the records..
Trump Indictment: Charges and Potential Penalties
The indictment against an individual includes a total of 37 felony counts, which involves violating Section 793(e) of Title 18, a part of the Espionage Act. This section of the law criminalizes the unauthorized possession, access, or control over documents related to national defense that could potentially harm the United States or benefit a foreign nation.
The charges consist of 31 counts of “willful retention of national defense information,” which can lead to a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. Additionally, there are counts of conspiracy to obstruct justice, withholding a document or record, corruptly concealing a document or record, and concealing a document in a federal investigation, all of which carry a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment.
Two other counts involve a “scheme to conceal” and making “false statements and representations.” If found guilty, the individual could face a maximum sentence of five years in prison for each of these counts.
In addition to potential imprisonment, each charge carries a maximum fine of $250,000. There is also a provision for up to three years of supervised release (parole) following imprisonment.