The ex-President of the United States is facing a potentially lengthy prison sentence as the Justice Department has filed 37 charges against him.
Donald Trump is scheduled to make his first public appearance after the federal indictment, where he plans to address Republican voters in North Carolina and Georgia on Saturday, June 10th.
It's possible that he aims to gather support for a potential 2024 GOP campaign by discrediting the current charges and seeking widespread backing.
These developments follow the unsealing of the indictment, which accuses him of hoarding classified documents and brings forth 37 felony charges.
According to the indictment, Trump is accused of defying the Justice Department's orders to return classified documents. It is alleged that he went to the extent of seeking assistance from others to conceal these records.
As reported by The Independent, Trump even expressed his desire to refuse a subpoena for the materials kept at his property to his lawyers.
Now, the ex-President is facing allegations detailed in the indictment that he stored these documents in unsafe areas, including a ballroom and a bathroom at his resort, among other places.
While this is his first offense, the most serious charges carry a potential sentence of up to 20 years in prison. Considering the numerous charges, it could add up to a staggering total of over 400 years and a fine of $9.25 million if he were to receive the maximum punishment.
According to the federal charging document, Trump knowingly possessed classified documents and displayed them recklessly to visitors at his estate.
Interestingly, the indictment seems to rely heavily on Trump's own words and actions, as recounted by lawyers, close aides, and other witnesses.
With a total of 37 charges against him, including conspiracy, obstruction, and false statements, the ex-President may face an extensive prison term.
Despite his legal troubles, Trump remains determined to move forward with his planned speeches, aiming to secure support as the Republican candidate for the 2024 presidential election. However, he won't be taking the stage alone.
Joined by former Vice President Mike Pence, this joint appearance marks a significant moment as it's the first time the political duo will be seen together at a public event.
Despite the indictment and legal challenges, Trump continues to maintain strong popularity among Republican voters, demonstrating their support for his candidacy in the upcoming primary elections.
Trump is scheduled to make his first appearance in federal court on Tuesday, June 13th, in Miami, where he will be accompanied by his personal aide, Walt Nauta.
Interestingly, Trump's enduring popularity among Republican voters indicates that many people may not be overly concerned about the federal indictment, even though he faced separate charges three months ago in New York related to the payment of 'hush money' to a porn star during his 2016 campaign.