Donald Trump’s supporters have reacted furiously to news he has been indicted on 37 separate counts and could face years in prison, with some attempting to use Ukraine to shift the focus away from the former president.

Ardent Trump supporter and Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro, fumed during an extended rant over the indictment, shoehorning in Ukraine in a bizarre attempt to shift blame elsewhere.

“I’m so livid right now,” she said. “This whole thing with Ukraine? Why do we put billions, and billions and billions of dollars into Ukraine? What the heck is going on over there?”

She continued: “Why the hell is everyone going to Ukraine? Randi Weingarten going there to ‘check out education’.” 

Randi Weingarten is the president of the American Federation of Teachers and travelled to Ukraine last month as part of an Education International delegation  to deliver a strong message of solidarity and meet with colleagues from the Trade Union of Education and Science Workers of Ukraine.”

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It’s not clear why Pirro is against this or what it has to do with the indictment against Trump. 

Donald Trump Jnr suggested indictment against his father was timed deliberately to distract from a story on Fox News published the previous day that alleges “President Joe Biden was allegedly paid $5 million by an executive of the Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holding.”

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Johnson said Monday that his Republican-controlled chamber would vote this week on the bills after after stalling for months over pressure from his party's right wing.

The New York Post which endorsed Trump in 2020 but has been more critical of him recently, appeared to conflate the charges against Trump with the unproven allegations against Biden.

Federal prosecutors unsealed a wide-ranging indictment of Donald Trump on Friday, accusing the former US president of endangering national security by holding on to top secret nuclear and defense documents after leaving the White House.

The 76-year-old Trump, the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, took hundreds of classified government documents in cardboard boxes to his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida, the 49-page charge sheet said.

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Trump kept the files – which included records from the Pentagon, CIA and National Security Agency – unsecured at Mar-a-Lago, which regularly hosted large social events, AFP reports.

On at least two occasions, Trump showed classified documents on US military operations and plans to people not cleared to see them at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club, it said.

Trump faces 37 separate counts in the indictment including 31 counts of "willful retention of national defense information" relating to specific documents. 

A conviction on each count carries up to 10 years in prison.

"We have one set of laws in this country, and they apply to everyone," said Special Counsel Jack Smith, who brought the historic indictment against Trump, the first former US president ever to face federal criminal charges.

"Laws that protect national defense information are critical to the safety and security of the United States, and they must be enforced," Smith said, adding that he would seek to ensure that Trump receives a "speedy trial."

Other charges facing the twice-impeached Trump include conspiracy to obstruct justice, punishable by up to 20 years in prison, withholding a document or record, which also carries a potential 20-year sentence, and making false statements. 

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Trump's personal aide, Walt Nauta, was named as a co-conspirator, charged with six counts for helping Trump hide documents, which were kept at various locations in Mar-a-Lago, according to the indictment, including a ballroom, a bathroom, Trump's bedroom and a storage room. 

"The classified documents Trump stored in the boxes included information regarding defense and weapons capabilities of both the United States and foreign countries," the indictment said.

Other records dealt with US nuclear programs and potential vulnerabilities of the United States and its allies to military attack along with plans for retaliation, it said.

"The unauthorized disclosure of these classified documents could put at risk the national security of the Untied States, foreign relations, the safety of the United States military, and human sources," according to the indictment.

Trump is to appear in court in Miami at 3:00 pm (1900 GMT) on Tuesday for the first hearing in the case.

According to US media, the case will initially be handled by Aileen Cannon, 42, a Trump-appointed judge who made rulings favorable to the former president during a court review of documents seized in an August 2022 FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago.

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A trial is not expected to begin for several months and there is nothing to prevent Trump from pursuing a second term in the White House while facing charges.

According to the indictment, Trump directed his aide Nauta to conceal boxes containing documents from the FBI and his own attorney and suggested to his lawyers at one point that they hide or destroy documents being sought.

The indictment also recounted a conversation between Trump and one of his attorneys about the documents in which the former president reportedly said "wouldn't it be better if we just told them we don't have anything?"

Trump responded to the indictment with a string of posts on his Truth Social platform, calling Smith, the special counsel, "deranged" and a "Trump hater. 

"Under the Presidential Records Act, I'm allowed to do all this," Trump said. "There was no crime."

In a defiant video Thursday, Trump also declared his innocence and framed the indictment as election interference by a Justice Department "weaponized" by President Joe Biden.

"They come after me because now we're leading in the polls again by a lot against Biden," Trump said.

Biden said Friday that he would have no comment on the case and has had no contact with Attorney General Merrick Garland, who appointed Smith as special counsel to conduct the Trump probe.

"I have not spoken to him at all and I'm not going to speak with him," Biden told reporters. Trump was already the first former or sitting president to be charged with a crime, indicted in New York in March in a case involving election-eve hush money payments to a porn star who said she had an affair with him.

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Smith is also looking into whether Trump should face charges over the January 2021 assault on the US Capitol by his supporters.

And Georgia prosecutors are investigating whether Trump illegally attempted to overturn the 2020 presidential election outcome in the southern state.

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Joseph Swanson
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trump is NO friend to Ukraine.  trump will backstab Ukraine.  trump is working on his "24 hrs. plan" through backdoor deals with russia.  trump's idol reagan did the same...backdoor deal with Iran.  In this case, the better deal will be russia will be allowed to keep ALL current occupied Ukrainian land and Ukraine government will be forced to accept it under trump presidency.

October 2007: trump said Putin’s doing a great job
December 2011: trump praised Putin’s “intelligence” and “no-nonsense way” in his book “Time to Get Tough.”
June 2013: trump wonders if Putin will be his “new best friend”
October 2013: trump says Putin is outsmarting the US
October 2013: Trump says Putin is outsmarting the US
Oct. 11, 2015: trump says they had good ratings together
Nov. 10, 2015: trump reiterates that he and Putin “were stablemates”
Dec. 17, 2015: trump returns Putin’s praise
Dec. 18, 2015: trump defends against allegations Putin has ordered the killings of journalists
Feb. 17, : trump says he’d be “crazy” to disavow Putin’s praise
April 28: trump says maybe they’ll get along
July 29 2023: trump calls for conditioning Ukraine aid on congressional Biden probes.  Ironically enough, trump was impeached already for having blackmailed Ukraine the first time by holding aid.

https://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/politics/donald-trump-vladimir-putin-quotes/index.html
https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2017/03/politics/trump-putin-russia-timeline/

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Joseph Swanson
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trump's "24 hr. plan" is today's reagan's back door deal with iran regarding release of the hostages and to sink carter's re election,  iran was promised reagan would be elected and offered a better deal. Today's better deal is  that russia will be allowed under trump, to keep Crimea, Donbas, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, Melitopol, amd Mariupol.  Biden's re election like Carter will have been sunk...Ukraine destroyed and divided and trump and his demons will be perfectly fine with this.
Quick side note, trump met with reagan when he was a young man and is an admirer of reagan.

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No Russian no cry
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No work for Putin he is a shit bag.

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Fake Name Here..something God.
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Comment section here looks like RT or Fox news. Nutjobs, trolls and Putin's finest sure are busy here. Just turn it off really.

Other Fake Name Here...something God
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@Fake Name Here..something God., Don't forget Joe Biden crime family! Joe Biden crime family! Trump save Ukraine in 24 hours...stuff

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Kenny redfeather
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How to be a bad journalist never bothered to read the history ot this conflict? It's like saying you are no longer a Indigenous person with an identity and history and how dare you be on our land and we are taking your kids to make them like us. Sound familiar? If I piss you off you will kill me and my relations. Leaving them in a ditch.

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Kenny redfeather
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Take your stinky politics to the out house you know nothing about this war.

Kenny redfeather
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@Kenny redfeather, this has been going on in one form or another for hundreds of years. Catherine the not so great Peter the also not so great Stalin the thug Putin the slug.

Kenny redfeather
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@Kenny redfeather, they are just another colonial bully trying to steal land from the Indigenous population. Also wish to destroy there identity threw re education. Sound familiar?

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Wayne
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First of all, if the Deep State had not stolen the election and Trump was in office, Putin would not be tearing Ukraine apart right now.
Biden is 100% pure thief and has been his entire corrupted life.
Ukrainian oligarchs were a nice ATM for Clinton, Obama, Biden and all their fellow criminals.

Trump is being indicted to PREVENT this detailed information from putting all these creeps behind bars.

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Bill Clinton
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I suppose Trump's downfall will be that these were physical documents. Had he only kept electronic documents he could have deleted them using a secure delete method - say, for example, Bleachbit - and then, in the words of James Comey, no reasonable prosecutor would bring charges against him 🤷‍♂️

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John Pyers
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That's right the allegations have not been proved because the proof is being collected now and no court case has been had... yet. But how can a supposedly intelligent person say there was a $5 million bribe of Biden with no proof that he took a bribe. Dr. Shove is trying to denigrate Biden with no facts to back up what he writes.
I suppose Trump's former lawyers are lying when they say he hid the records.

Adam Schiff
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@John Pyers, The allegations are there and a careful and intelligent reader would understand that Dr Shove properly refers to the FBI report of those allegations, however truncated his grammar was. Those allegations are very serious and presented by a source far more credible than Christopher Steele, so I'd be cautious about expressing a lot of outrage over somebody bringing up the topic :)

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Dr. Chris Shove
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Continuing never proved allegations against President Trump are attempts to prevent him from being reelected and to deflect from Joe Biden failures and FBI report to Congress $5 million bribe of then Vice President Biden. Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden were found to mishandle classified documents. 70 million Americans voted for President Trump and given many recent polls he is likely to be reelected. I am American and since 2014 I have given supplies and funds to Ukrainian soldiers, civilians and a Zelenska Foundation, and I did an economic development plan for Odessa in 1990s. I voted twice for Trump.

https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/joe-biden-burisma-hunter-biden/2023/06/08/id/1122901/

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