Mary Trump, the former president’s niece, has expressed that the recent indictment against Donald Trump holds a distinct significance, highlighting that there is now “nowhere for Donald Trump to hide.”
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis unveiled a new indictment against Donald Trump during a press conference on the evening of August 14, 2023. The indictment includes 13 charges that, if proven guilty, could lead to a potential maximum prison sentence of 71.5 years.
Trump and the 18 co-defendants named in the indictment have been instructed to surrender for arrest and arraignment by August 25. Mary Trump, who is both the host of The Mary Trump Show podcast and a vocal critic of Donald Trump, conveyed her thoughts on this latest set of charges to her Substack audience.
(U)nlike Federal courtrooms, there are cameras in the courtroom of Judge Robert McBurney which means that there will be nowhere for Donald Trump to hide. He can claim all he wants that the arraignments and trials should be televised (in fact, his legal team has argued they want cameras in Judge Tanya Chutkan’s courtroom where the January 6thcase will be held), but this is amongst certainly not the case. Even if it is, he will come to regret it.
It is very possible that it is the Georgia case that will now drive the timeline for the other cases. But whatever happens, I think it’s likely that the plaintiffs—we, the American electorate—will be afforded more transparency, more openness, and more deliberate speed than in other venues.
I’m still trying to process what’s happened tonight—and obviously there is still a lot we don’t know—but for reasons I can’t yet fully articulate, this feels different from all of the indictments that have come before. This feels pivotal, this feels more real.
She underscored that “this time feels different” for several reasons, one being the allowance of cameras inside the courtroom to document proceedings.
In addition to this indictment, Donald Trump is currently facing 34 felony charges in New York for Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s investigation into hush money payments to Stormy Daniels. He also confronts 37 counts originating from Special Counsel Jack Smith’s inquiry into his handling of classified documents under the Espionage Act.
A superseding indictment by Smith added three more charges against Trump, including one count of unlawful retention of National Defense Information and two new obstruction charges.
Moreover, Trump faces an indictment for his alleged involvement in attempting to overturn the 2020 presidential election, involving charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of an attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights.