Charges Trump showed classified documents to golf club guests ‘concerning’, says Nikki Haley

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GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley has expressed her concern over new allegations against Donald Trump made by the Justice Department. This indicates a growing comfort within the Republican field to openly criticize the former president. Haley made these remarks during an interview on CBS’s “Face The Nation,” where she was asked about the recent charges filed by the Department of Justice in which Trump is accused of showing classified information to guests at his Bedminster golf club in New Jersey. The new indictment also includes a charge of obstructing justice.

As a former UN ambassador appointed under Trump, Haley responded to the allegations by saying that she is very concerned “if these accusations are true.” The recent accusations are supported by an audio recording of the Bedminster meeting which captures Trump exclaiming that the documents he was holding or gesturing to were classified. Haley emphasized the importance of examining the extent of the Department of Justice’s evidence, stating that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. She also highlighted the potential danger to national security if the allegations are true, but acknowledged the lack of trust in the Department of Justice among the American people.

Trump’s latest criminal indictment, his second, brings the total number of charges he faces to 74, divided between state and federal jurisdictions. It is expected that a third indictment will be issued soon, charging him with crimes related to his team’s efforts to alter the results of the 2020 election, including his actions leading up to and during the January 6 attack on the Capitol. These charges depict a pattern of criminal behavior that spans from before Trump’s election to the end of his administration in January 2021.

Despite the legal pressure he faces, Trump is currently vying for the 2024 Republican nomination. He aims to use the powers of the presidency to overcome these challenges. However, he faces a crowded GOP field that appears undeterred by his strong polling numbers and previous victory in the 2016 primaries. Trump has consistently denied any guilt in the numerous criminal counts against him and maintains the belief that the Justice Department is colluding with the Biden White House to prevent him from regaining the presidency.

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