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'Not Just Another Lawsuit': Swiss Papers React To Latest Trump Charges

(MENAFN- Swissinfo) Former US President Donald Trump greets supporters before speaking in Des Moines, Iowa, on June 1 Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved

Court documents made public on Friday detailed 37 criminal counts against former US President Donald Trump. Swiss newspapers think his latest woes are“incomparably more serious” than his previous brushes with the law.

This content was published on June 10, 2023 June 10, 2023

Charges include violations of the Espionage Act, conspiracy to obstruct justice and false statements after he left the White House in 2021. Evidence in the indictment includes documents, photos, text messages, audio and witness statements. National security law experts said this made a strong case for prosecutors' allegations that Trump illegally took the documents and then tried to cover it up.

“This is not just another lawsuit against Donald Trump,” the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) said in an editorialexternal link .“It's true that his legal problems have already come to a head in recent months with the first indictment of a former president in the affair of hush money for a porn actress and the conviction for sexual assault. The case of embezzlement of secret documents, however, is infinitely more dangerous for the former president.”

Of all the criminal charges against Trump, it also appears to be the most legally valid, the paper reckoned.“It is now proven that the former president withheld highly classified files – despite first the National Archives and then investigators trying to obtain them for months. What is decisive, therefore, is whether he acted knowingly and willingly in doing so – and there is some evidence to suggest he did.”

Even if a possible conviction remains a long way off, the NZZ said most Americans were“fed up” with the constant drama surrounding Trump.“Whether the courtrooms in New York, Miami and possibly Atlanta are suitable as a political stage in the intensive phase of the election campaign is also questionable. In any case, the trials will often keep Trump from making big appearances and shaking hands with cheering fans.”


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