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Getting the lowdown on the latest indictment of former President Trump

Aug 2, 2023, 9:00 PM | Updated: Feb 20, 2024, 6:34 am

FILE - Former President Donald Trump speaks at the New Hampshire Federation of Republican Women Lil...

FILE - Former President Donald Trump speaks at the New Hampshire Federation of Republican Women Lilac Luncheon, June 27, 2023, in Concord, N.H. The 2024 election will determine whether Trump returns to the White House. The former president was indicted on Tuesday for his actions regarding the events of Jan. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
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(AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Former President Donald Trump faced another indictment Tuesday for his actions regarding the events of Jan. 6, 2021. 

It is the third time the former President has been indicted in recent months.

Sarah Isgur, a senior editor for The Dispatch, joined KSL NewsRadio on Wednesday to discuss the latest indictment.

 

Latest indictment on President Trump

Isgur says the indictment consists of four charges.

“And those four charges sort of fell roughly into four topics if you will,” she said. “And the charges don’t necessarily correlate exactly to the topics. But it was four charges and four topics.”

In the case of mishandling of classified documents, Isgur says, there are very specific laws about retaining national security information. She says the latest indictment is nearly the complete opposite.

“They are very broad, vague laws that they’re applying here,” Isgur said. “And the facts of what Donald Trump did are going to be much harder to fit into those laws as well.”

State of mind

In this case, Isgur says the prosecution is going to have one difficult hurdle to overcome.

“The biggest problem that I think they’re going to have is that they are going to have to prove Donald Trump’s state of mind,” she said.

Igsur says no matter what the prosecution does to prove its case, it might not be enough.

“…. unless they can also prove that Donald Trump knew he was lying,” she said.

From a voter’s point of view, Isgur says Republicans are going to be looking at this situation. And they will see a Special Council, who reports to the Attorney General, who is an appointee of President Biden. She goes on to say, that voters are going to see criminal charges brought against former President Trump by his political rival.

“And I think it feeds this narrative for Republican primary voters that Donald Trump is the only one who can withstand this kind of pressure,” she said. “They would be doing this against any Republican. And I think that’s kind of dangerous for the country.”

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Getting the lowdown on the latest indictment of former President Trump