Former US Justice Department prosecutor Ronald Sievert has raised concerns over the solidity of the new indictment against former President Donald Trump, asserting that it criminalizes his constitutional right of free speech. The indictment, returned by a federal grand jury on Tuesday, charges Trump with four criminal counts related to his alleged role in attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Sievert, with 25 years of experience as a DOJ prosecutor, expressed dismay at the indictment, stating, “I thought there would be something solid in there, but as I read it, all I saw was that they were indicting Trump for taking a position in the election with which they, the prosecutor and Democrats, disagreed.”
The charges against Trump include one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, one count of conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, one count of obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and one count of conspiracy against rights.
According to the indictment, Trump, despite losing the election, continued to spread false claims of outcome-determinative fraud and his victory for over two months following the November 3, 2020, Election Day.
Sievert, while clarifying that he did not support Trump for the Republican nomination, argued that the new indictment appears to be criminalizing free speech. “Whether his [Trump’s] belief in fraud was right or wrong, whether the legal theory of sending this back to the states was right or wrong, he had the right under our First Amendment to believe and advocate those positions,” Sievert emphasized. He further suggested that an “objective” judge or judges might throw the case out.
Federal judge Tanya Chutkan, nominated by former President Barack Obama, has been assigned to oversee Trump’s case. Notably, Chutkan has imposed sentences on January 6 rioters longer than what prosecutors requested, according to media reports.
Trump is scheduled to appear in federal court in Washington, DC, on Thursday to face the new charges. He has previously characterized the indictment as an attempt by the “Biden crime family” and a weaponized US Justice Department to interfere in the 2024 presidential election.
Recent poll data from Real Clear Politics reveals Trump to be the leading candidate within the Republican Party for the upcoming election.
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