Preet Bharara, former US attorney for the Southern District of New York, stopped by GZERO World to discuss three big legal stories in the news: the charges facing former US President Donald Trump, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s gifts from a billionaire Republican donor, and the recent classified documents leak.
According to Bharara, the charges leveled against the Trump Organization and its CFO, Allen Weisselberg, could establish a precedent for justice and the rule of law, with significant consequences for American democracy in the future. Bharara ranked the severity of the three other potential charges that could be brought against former President Trump, with the conduct relating to the January 6th riot “being the most severe.”
Though this is not the first US president to be charged with a crime, Trump’s plans to run for president in 2024 while fighting criminal charges could have wide-ranging implications for the future of democracy.
“There are people who are not allies of Trump, who I think are responsibly raising the question, “What is the level of seriousness of a crime on the part of a former president that justifies bringing it?” Bharara tells Ian Bremmer, “And they’re really great arguments and I struggle with this.”
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