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By Kelly Murphy

Aug 25, 2023

Stephen Maynard Caliendo and Suzanne Chod dissected August indictments against former President Trump

The month of August proved to be busy on the political stage, as former President Donald Trump has now been indicted in a fourth case. The latest charges stem from Georgia over his efforts to overturn his 2020 general election defeat in the state. The probe by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis began shortly after the release of a recording of a Jan. 2, 2021, phone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in which the then-president suggested that Raffensperger could “find 11,780 votes” –just enough to overtake Joe Biden.

Another indictment on the former president took place earlier in the month of August, where special counsel Jack Smith had been leading two federal probes related to Trump, both of which have resulted in charges against the former president. Federal prosecutors have accused Trump of taking highly sensitive national security documents when he left the White House in January 2021. He stashed those documents haphazardly throughout his Mar-a-Lago resort and obstructed the government’s repeated attempts to retrieve them. On at least two occasions, Trump showed classified documents to individuals who were not authorized to view them, prosecutors say. During one of those episodes—which was audio-recorded—Trump allegedly displayed a top-secret military plan of attack while telling visitors, “As president I could have declassified it” but “now I can’t,” adding that the document he was showing them was “still a secret.”

To breakdown all the news and moving elements of these two indictment cases was Stephen Maynard Caliendo, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Suzanne Chod, professor of political science, whom interviewed across Chicago broadcast networks.

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