Headline RoundupJune 9th, 2023

What's Next After Trump's Indictment?

Summary from the AllSides News Team

What does former President Donald Trump's indictment mean for him, the Biden administration, and the 2024 presidential race?

Trump and the GOP: Widely considered the party's 2024 frontrunner, Trump is the first former or current president to be indicted on federal charges. He said he'll plead not guilty.

Charges, Timing Leave Questions: Many suggested the indictment wasn't a surprise, but some questioned the specifics, including the conspiracy charge – which implies at least one other person was involved. Some also highlighted the charge of willfully violating rules around classified documents, while mentioning context about the ongoing investigation into President Joe Biden's retention of classified documents.

What the Left Said: Left-rated commentators often framed the indictment as an overdue reckoning for longtime criminal behavior. One MSNBC (Left bias) writer said it also "condemns Republicans who have defended Trump over the years in the face of similar evidence." A CNN opinion (Left) writer questioned why Trump has "remained such a towering figure within the party," and said "the odds of any other Republican usurping him still seem low" in 2024.

What the Right Said: Many right-rated pundits highlighted Trump's response and other critics of the indictment, especially Republican lawmakers. Some also pondered who else may be charged, and whether charging Trump with willfully breaking the law was an effort to distinguish his case from Biden's. A Townhall (Right) writer highlighted "serious questions about how DOJ is using the power of the federal government to target President Joe Biden's top political opponent."

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