'Incredibly reckless': Nikki Haley flips on Trump over indictment

 June 13, 2023

After initially calling the latest indictment of former President Donald Trump "prosecutorial overreach" and "vendetta politics," presidential candidate and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has changed her tune and is now calling Trump's behavior "incredibly reckless."

“Two things can be true at the same time: One, the DOJ and FBI have lost all credibility with the American people, and getting rid of just senior management isn’t going to be enough to fix this, this is going to take a complete overhaul, and we have to do that. Two, the second thing can also be true, if this indictment is true, if what it says is actually the case, President Trump was incredibly reckless with our national security,” Haley told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum.

Trump was indicted Friday on 37 counts of mishandling classified documents. The indictment came out of the investigation by the FBI into his removal of classified documents from the White House and their storage at Mar-A-Lago prior to an FBI raid there.

Information lapses

In particular, Haley blasted Trump over information from the indictment that alleged he possessed and shared classified information about U.S. defense policies with others, including people without the necessary security clearances.

“I’m a military spouse, my husband’s about to deploy this weekend,” said Haley. “This puts all of our military men and women in danger if you are going to talk about what our military is capable of or how we would go about invading or doing something with one of our enemies.”

Haley also said she was concerned about Trump's ability to lead the country amid multiple indictments.

“We’ve got to have someone that can win a general election, we’ve got to have someone that can right the ship on this country, and get us back in shape,” said Haley.

A contrast

Her comments contrast with her initial statement on Friday, when she joined several other candidates to defend their rival.

“This is not how justice should be pursued in our country,” Haley said at the time. “The American people are exhausted by the prosecutorial overreach, double standards, and vendetta politics. It’s time to move beyond the endless drama and distractions.”

Trump faces 37 counts in the indictment, 31 of which are of violating the Espionage Act, along with conspiracy and concealment charges.

If prosecutors can prove what they have alleged in the indictment, Trump appears to be in significantly more peril than with the first indictment on falsifying business records.

Distraction and interference

His conduct in having the documents and even in sharing a few of them is not any different than other officials including President Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton, but he is also accused of lying and trying to conceal that he had them.

The charges still look like a blatant attempt to both distract the public from Biden's corruption and take out a political opponent, and they don't really rise to the level of seriousness that should be required to interfere in an election. Obviously the left is grasping at straws to get Trump out of contention to be president again, but will they succeed?

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