UKTN News legal analyst Jonathan Turley said in “America Reports” Friday that potential charges of obstruction in the Mar-a-Lago investigation into classified documents appeared to be the “most threatening” during Attorney General Merrick Garland’s discussion that Special Counsel Jack Smith to oversee the investigations into former President Donald Trump.
Turley said, “The Attorney General mentioned obstruction a few times. That’s really where the biggest concern will likely be for the Trump team. I mean, the scope of this will include both the January 6 riot and the election, as well as Mar-a-Lago. As I mentioned earlier, we still haven’t seen a very strong basis for criminal charges related to the January 6 riot. At Mar-a-Lago, the previous cases, even the most egregious ones, have resulted in relatively light criminal charges. That’s for possessing or removing classified evidence.”
He added: “That is not the case with obstruction. So when we talk about obstruction, that’s something that can come and historically has come with significant penalties. So I think the scope of this investigation will be a serious concern, obviously, every time special counsel is appointed, it focuses the minds of every attorney involved. But I think most of us are really still looking at Mar-a-Lago, where those torpedoes in the water are probably the most threatening.”
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