Now that the Department of Justice is investigating Donald Trump’s handling of classified material when he moved boxes of documents from the White House to Mar-a-Lago after losing the 2020 election, there’s a possibility of a criminal case against Trump. A federal grand jury has assembled and issued at least one subpoena in the Justice Department’s probe into Trump’s transfer of classified White House records to his Mar-a-Lago resort, suggesting their investigation is gaining steam, according to the New York Times.
Removing classified material from the White House is a federal crime, which would be enough for Attorney General Merrick Garland to indict anyone who did so. But lawmakers have been hesitant to take any legal action against Trump, as the argument continues as to whether or not criminal charges should be brought against a former president.
The evidence indicates that the boxes Trump removed from the White House in early 2021 included classified national security information, according to the National Archives. There are at least grounds to investigate whether Trump violated the Presidential Records Act.
When Trump stole 15 boxes of classified documents from the White House, he violated the Presidential Records Act. This violation bars him from running for office in 2024. The boxes that were found at Mar-A-Lago prove his guilt. All DOJ has to do is enforce. So why won’t they? pic.twitter.com/maFQLSaBtp
— Dash Dobrofsky (@DashDobrofsky) May 11, 2022
Prosecutors in recent days subpoenaed the National Archives and Records Administration for boxes of documents shipped from the White House to Mar-a-Lago, according to the Times, citing two sources with knowledge of the matter. Investigators have already interviewed some former Trump Administration aides about the boxes, the Washington Post reported Thursday, citing unnamed sources.
Garland: As the archivist said, the National Archives has informed the Justice Department of this.. and we will do what we always do under these circumstances, look at the facts and the law and take it from there pic.twitter.com/6V9Uqy1bgh
— Acyn (@Acyn) February 22, 2022
Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance appeared on MSNBC Prime with Ali Velshi to discuss the consequences of the DOJ’s subpoena and if it might finally mean a criminal referral for Trump.