Classified documents indictment: Trump in hot water?

Former US President Donald Trump will soon be back in the dock: a grand jury in Miami has charged him with unlawfully storing highly sensitive information. Photos show boxes of classified government documents in a bathroom, ballroom, storage room, office and bedroom at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. Trump, who denies the allegations, could face ten or more years in prison.

Politiken (DK) /

Republicans must come to their senses

The GOP really needs to wake up and smell the coffee, Politiken demands:

“Trump has deliberately harmed the security of the United States. It’s as simple as that, which is why the case also clearly shows how incredibly unfit Trump was and is to look after the interests of the superpower. He basically only cares about himself. For Trump, everything revolves around Trump, so much so that even nuclear weapons and the invasion of foreign countries become a joke, a ploy in his egocentric show. Republicans need to come to their senses. Trump is not a leader, he’s a danger.”

Marcus Rubin
Tages-Anzeiger (CH) /

Teflon Trump could well survive this scandal too

A convicted felon in the White House could become reality, the Tages-Anzeiger fears:

“By normal standards the case pending in Miami should end Trump’s political career, but normal standards have long since ceased to apply to the ex-president. ... The Miami documents case is serious, but it will hardly be completed before the 2024 election. That means Trump will stay in the race, and even if he is convicted before election day it won’t stand in the way of a second term. Donald Trump’s career is probably the most unusual tale in American politics. Should he end up in the White House again as a convicted felon, it would have its dark but logical punch line.”

Christian Zaschke
The Observer (GB) /

One more problem for Biden

The lawsuits against Trump are more of a burden than a gain for the incumbent US president, The Observer points out:

“Biden already faces numerous obstacles to his hopes of a second term, including concerns about his advanced age, relatively low approval ratings, and a vulnerable post-pandemic economy. He, too, is under investigation for his handling of classified documents. Now the president will also have to fend off claims he is conducting a politicised legal vendetta and abusing his power to eliminate his chief rival. ... The coming courtroom showdown will also put Biden — and a divided America — on trial.”