Jonathan Turley says Trump indictment means charging Biden or else it's political

By Jen Krausz on
 June 10, 2023

Fox News Contributor and George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley said the latest indictment of former President Donald Trump on charges related to classified documents he had at Mar-A-Lago are doing one of two things.

Either they are setting up a similar prosecution of President Joe Biden, Turley said, or they are going to be carefully crafted so that they can justify not charging Biden.

Turley said:

[W]e have to see what’s in this indictment. There are a couple of things that we’ll be looking for: Obviously, the obstruction charge is the one that most of us have been talking about for months. That, to me, has always been the greatest threat to Donald Trump. But there’s also the question of whether they will charge possession of classified documents. That’s going to put the Department of Justice in a tough position, because if they charge possession, it’s going to make it difficult not to charge Vice President Biden with the same crime. But if they don’t charge him on that, some people may view it as an effort to avoid the necessity of a charge against the President.

After all, Turley pointed out, Trump wasn't the only one who mishandled classified documents. Biden's mishandling was worse than Trump's, Turley said, because it took place over years and in multiple locations.

“The mishandling of documents is the one that is going to be the most interesting reading, because Joe Biden mishandled documents in multiple locations for a much longer period of time," he said.

It may be unfairness that led prosecutors to charge Trump, or it may be that they are still investigating Biden, and charges will be coming.