Hot Take: Trump Could Be Charged With Espionage Act Violations

Did we not hear something about this in 2016?

Trump could be charged with violating the Espionage Act, former DOJ national security chief says

The former chief of the Justice Department’s national security division said Tuesday that the search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Fla., suggests that the former president could be charged with violating the World War I-era Espionage Act.

That law has traditionally been used to target government leakers, such as former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. But it also “actually has provisions that apply to essentially the mishandling [of classified material] through gross negligence, permitting documents to be removed from their proper place, or to be lost, stolen or destroyed,” Mary McCord, a veteran federal prosecutor who headed DOJ’s national security division in the closing years of the Obama administration, told the Yahoo News “Skullduggery” podcast.

McCord said that the Espionage Act is one of two federal crimes that appear to apply to Trump’s reported conduct. He could also be charged, she said, with violating another federal statute that targets anyone who “willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies or destroys public records.”

OK, this speculation, a lot of others think this is related to the stupid J6 stuff. Regardless, if Trump is charged, how will the same media and Democrats react when they cheered on Hillary Clinton actually doing everything mentioned above and being let off the hook scott free? It really is a two tiered justice system, and it will tear the country apart further. You know there was no way in hell that the FBI performed a pre-dawn raid on Trump’s Mar-A-Lago residence without the knowledge of Merrick Garland and Joe Biden.

I’m surprised the Washington Post let him post this. Look, this is going to harden support for Trump to run again. Personally, I want some new blood, but, this will fire up the GOP voters (excluding the unhinged #NeverTrumpers who’ve given up all pretense of conservative leanings) to get out there, starting with the mid-terms.

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15 Responses to “Hot Take: Trump Could Be Charged With Espionage Act Violations”

  1. Dana says:

    The President is the source of all classification of materials, and if Mr Trump took classified documents to Mar-a-Lago while he was still President, he was perfectly within his legal rights.

    • Professor Hale says:

      Good point. Further, as then president, Trump’s residences would have had the approved containers to store such documents and with full time guards (secret service) there was zero danger of compromise. Unlike the more than 300 classified documents on Hillary’s server… connected to the internet.

      Further still, Lots of former administration officials retain their access to classified information after they leave the administration. Remember Sandy Berger?

      Thus, there was no crime here, not even alleged crime. Just more Democrats abusing government power… again.

      • Professor Hale says:

        It is far more likely they are searching for something to tie Trump to a Jan 6 conspiracy, so they can impeach him again.

        • L.G.Brandon!, L.G.Brandon! says:

          It really doesn’t matter what they’re searching for. Sooner or later they will either find it or invent it. The federal “law enforcement” agencies have been framing Americans since Al Capone. Why do you think they could only get him on income tax evasion? What do you think 87,000 new IRS employees mean to the citizens of the US? They aren’t there to hassle the billionaire democrat donors, now are they? They are after “undisclosed income” they say.

          So who has undisclosed income? Waiters, waitresses, bartenders, Uber drivers, doormen, taxi drivers, delivery people, Doordash and Grubhub people, and folks like that. Then there’s the small businessmen who if they actually paid 100% of their local, state and federal taxes would be out of business in a year which is why they are kinda overlooked most the time but the lockdown during Covid showed the feds they can lock them down and force them out of business and nobody but themselves care and they can always be offered checks as bribes to stay in their lane.

          Still, I don’t see one single billionaire or even guys with 50+ million getting hassled in any way shape or form. UNLESS they have R after their name. Then it sucks to be them. Watch seizures, forfeitures and long drawn out legal cases designed to bankrupt businessmen to become the standard “enforcement” means of the near future.

          After they have our jobs, businesses, money and property they will come for us just like their Nazi and commie teachers did. There is nothing new under the sun. They always use the same methods to eliminate their foes.


          • Elwood P. Dowd says:

            Trump’s mob lawyer Christina Bobb suggested the FBI planted evidence, saying there’s “no security something wasn’t planted”…

          • Elwood P. Dowd says:

            Commenter: After they have our jobs, businesses, money and property they will come for us just like their Nazi and commie teachers did.

            If someone tries to get you in a boxcar – RESIST!!

            We have it on good authority that boxcar loads of trumpists will soon be heading to FEMA death camps in Idaho, Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia and upstate NY.

            It’s interesting that the same claims were made when Presidents William Jefferson Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama were in office. Right-wing militias formed to fight the commie overlords. Sovereign citizens flourished. Now we have right-wing paramilitary groups such as the OathKeepers, III percenters, Proud Boys, Boogaloo Bois, Dead Rabbits, KKK, CCC etc who, turning truth on its head, claim to be fighting against government overreach but as seen (e.g., Jan 6) are actually trying to destroy democracy and install a right wing government.

          • drowningpuppies says:

            Seems the FBI enjoyed sniffing around Melania’s undergarments.
            Such pervs.

            Bwaha! Lolgf

  2. david7134 says:

    The nature of the raid and illegal attack on Trump now has some real evidence that the FBI was interested in. Turns out he held incriminating evidence against the agency. FJB, DEFUND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

  3. L.G.Brandon!, L.G.Brandon! says:

    Dowd, your comment makes no sense. But that’s not unusual. You must be ready to shoot a wee load when they execute Trump. Or have him Arkancided.

    I expect Clinton and Hunter to be raided next now that the ice was broken. LOLOLOLOL.

    Looking for justice in democommie America is like looking for Obama’s actual birth certificate.

    When will Dowd start the executions? And will we get a choice of hanging or being shot?

    I said they are terrified about Trump but I didn’t think it would provoke the next leap into fascism for them. I figure they just pumped 2 million votes to Trump. America loves an underdog especially after 5 years of bullshit thrown at him.

    BTW, if “they” find anything it would have had to be planted since they spent the last five years giving the guy the worlds largest rectal exam.

    The left is full of such virtuous and noble people.


    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      2 million votes for tRump. So he’ll only lose by 5 million in 2024? LOL.

      Trump tried to overturn the election and failed. The conniving fat bastard tried half a dozen ways and all failed. Rebellion is his last resort.

      He’s been lying to you. His only objective now is to stay afloat. He will throw you guys under the bus so fast your head will spin!!

      State by state the Repubs are trying to rework democracy so that conservative GOPhers control the electoral process in the states.

      You all have ED*.

      ED = Electile Dysfunction

      • drowningpuppies says:

        Love it when Rimjob proclaims others have been lying to you when he never offers any evidence and has never had the slightest acquaintance with the truth.

        Just check his infantile comments.

        Bwaha! Lolgf

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      Please don’t tell us you also feel/believe that President Obama was born in Africa???

      Say it ain’t so, Joe.

  4. david7134 says:

    If Trump is guilty of all these infractions, then I suppose he will be spending time with Hillary, Nancy P and all the other scum.

  5. Jl says:

    From America’s newspaper of record-“FBI raided Mar-A-Lago after tip that parents were protesting a school board meeting there”.

  6. Jl says:

    “Sources say the contents of Trump’s safe were sent to Hunter Biden’s house to keep them safe and secure….”

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