Donald Trump appeared in a Miami court on Tuesday, becoming the first former president ever to be arrested and arraigned on federal charges. He has been indicted on 37 counts, which include illegally holding on to national security documents after leaving office, blocking efforts to retrieve the documents, and lying about them. The indictment includes photographic images of documents haphazardly being stored in boxes in various unsecured locations at his Florida resort.
The judge that Trump faces, who was apparently randomly assigned to the case, is one Aileen Cannon, who made headlines last year for her pro-Trump interference when the former president requested the appointment of a “special master” in a case around the FBI’s seizure of documents from Mar-a-Lago.
Retired judge, writer, and contributor to Truthdig.com, Bill Blum, spoke with YES! Racial Justice Editor Sonali Kolhatkar on Rising Up With Sonali about the legal and political ramifications of Trump’s arrest and charges.
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Sonali Kolhatkar is currently the racial justice editor at YES! Media and a writing fellow with Independent Media Institute. She was previously a weekly columnist for Truthdig.com. She is also the host and creator of Rising Up with Sonali, a nationally syndicated television and radio program airing on Free Speech TV and dozens of independent and community radio stations. Sonali won First Place at the Los Angeles Press Club Annual Awards for Best Election Commentary in 2016. She also won numerous awards including Best TV Anchor from the LA Press Club and has also been nominated as Best Radio Anchor 4 years in a row. She is the author of Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence, and the co-director of the nonprofit group, Afghan Women's Mission. Her forthcoming book is Rising Up: The Power of Narrative in Pursuing Racial Justice (City Lights, 2023). She has a Master’s in Astronomy from the University of Hawai’i, and two undergraduate degrees in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin. She reflects on her professional path in her 2014 TEDx talk, “My Journey From Astrophysicist to Radio Host.” She can be reached at sonalikolhatkar.com