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 joined YES! in summer 2021, building on a long and decorated career in broadcast and print journalism. She is an award-winning multimedia journalist, and host and creator of YES! Presents: Rising Up with Sonali, a nationally syndicated television and radio program airing on Free Speech TV and dozens of independent and community radio stations. She is also Senior Correspondent with the Independent Media Institute’s Economy for All project where she writes a weekly column. She is the author of Rising Up: The Power of Narrative in Pursuing Racial Justice (2023) and Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence (2005). Her forthcoming book is called Talking About Abolition (Seven Stories Press, 2025). Sonali is co-director of the nonprofit group, Afghan Women’s Mission which she helped to co-found in 2000. 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. Sonali reflects on “My Journey From Astrophysicist to Radio Host” in her 2014 TEDx talk of the same name.