Emptywheel: Next steps in Trump stolen documents investigationhttps://www.emptywheel.net/2022/08/21/next-steps-in-the-trump-stolen-documents-investigation/
I often point to the example of Joshua Schulte, the former CIA coder convicted last month of the Vault 7 and 8 leaks. He wasnt jailed until almost nine months after the initial search of his apartment, and only then because he violated bail conditions on charges related to Child Sexual Abuse Materials allegedly found on his server. He wasnt charged on the Espionage Act charges until 15 months after that initial search.
And it sounds like Trump wont be charged anytime soon. At a hearing before Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart last week, the head of DOJs counterintelligence section, Jay Bratt, said the investigation is in its early stages. That may suggest that Trump or others are suspected of more than just storing classified information in insecure conditions and refusing to give it back. Perhaps the people entering and exiting the storage closet at Mar-a-Lago did something more than just hide stuff from DOJ. Or perhaps the obstruction investigation which may be obstruction of this investigation or others is more complex than we imagine (which isnt hard, because most journalists are simply ignoring that suspected crime).
Whatever the reason Bratt stated that DOJ will need to do significant further investigation, there are steps that would be required in any case. There are four steps that the FBI would take before considering charges.
Much, much more at link, including details of the likely next steps in the investigation:
Every day there seems to be threads about how he's going to be indicted. How he's going to be sent to jail.
I don't expect either of those things to happen, tomorrow, next month, next year, or EVER.
He's ABOVE THE LAW, and he knows it.
If they took 15 months to charge, and even longer to successfully convict Schulte for some of the same crimes listed on Trumps search warrant, then I would expect DOJ to show the same meticulous process for successfully prosecuting Trump.
Read the linked article. That's how it works and why it takes awhile.
So we should not follow SOP and fairly rigorous 'process' on this case?
Gee - bet that'll go over well ... --------- -----
that means we get to do it too, right?
(and then, more chilling still - have to believe that some of them actually do ... )
If Trump is running, will Garland indict him? My guess is not.