Special Prosecutor Jack Smith has been building a case against Donald Trump for months now. While it is clear that Trump took documents from the White House, he had many excuses for why he had done so.
On Wednesday CNN reported on a tape of Trump talking about the documents. MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace read:
"The recording indicates Trump understood he retained classified material after leaving the White House, according to multiple sources familiar with the investigation. On the recording, Trump’s comments suggest he would like to share the information but is aware of the limitations on his ability post-presidency to declassify records, two sources said."
Former Mueller prosecutor Andrew Weissmann weighed in by saying that the alleged tape demonstrates, "dissemination of classified information. That puts it into a completely different ballpark when you are at the Department of Justice examining the seriousness of the violation and whether to bring charges. It also is a separate crime to disseminate versus just possess."
Weissmann continued, "So, from just a political perspective it’s huge because it’s a way of saying there’s no evidence this happened with respect to President Biden or former Vice President Pence."
The former prosecutor closed, "So, from every single aspect of this, if this report is accurate and there is this tape recording, there will be an indictment, and it is hard to see how, given all the evidence that we’ve been talking about, that there will not be a conviction here."