A former U.S. attorney warned that a statement by Donald Trump that he is running for president — possibly as early as Tuesday — will not protect him from potential charges in connection with his classified White House documents case.
He could even be charged with espionage, depending on the evidence found by the Justice Department, University of Michigan law professor Barbara McQuade said Friday on MSNBC.
“The idea that you can vaccinate yourself against criminal charges just by running for high office is ridiculous,” she said on The Katie Phang show.
McQuade pointed to Attorney General Merrick’s Garland’s repeated assurances that the law will be carried out “without fear or favour.”
“There has been some suggestion that if Trump is indicted, there will be unrest in the streets,” McQuade said. “You have to do the right thing regardless of your fear of those kinds of consequences.”
She also added that while the Justice Department hates bringing the charges close to an election, that is not the case with a Trump reelection bid.
McQuade also warned that the various boxes of White House documents to be turned over to the National Archives — including classified and even top-secret information seized by the FBI from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home — could cause serious harm. could lead to charges.
She hinted at possible espionage charges if there is strong evidence of obstruction of justice or if the documents have been provided to foreign governments. (See more below.)