In an interview on MSNBC’s “Inside with Jen Psaki” on Sunday (June 25), former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi emphasized the severity of the criminal charges against former President Donald Trump, suggesting that the former President had “seriously jeopardized our national security.”
Pelosi stressed in the interview the seriousness of the federal indictment against Trump and its potential to have global repercussions in the Intelligence Community.
Pelosi noted that what Trump allegedly did, adding that the former President seemingly “confessed to it” but noted that Trump is “innocent until proven guilty” has “seriously jeopardized our national security.”
The former House Speaker also said that Trump “is dishonoring our court system” by the way he had treated the system.
Former President Donald Trump faces 37 federal charges related to mishandling classified information, including obstruction of a federal investigation and retaining national security information. The indictment alleges that he went to great lengths to conceal sensitive documents from his legal team and federal officials.
Pelosi used the interview to emphasize her 30 years of experience dealing with intelligence material, even before her election to House leadership and service as the top Democrat on House Intelligence.
She pointed out that some information Trump is accused of withholding can only be accessed in a highly secure Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF).
Pelosi noted that she understands “how important it is to protect these documents,” insisting that if a document was held in the SCIF and “wrote down a few names, or a few dates,” she wouldn’t be able to remove her own “piece of paper out of the room.”
Instead, the California Democrat suggested she’d “have to submit it to the staff to be placed in a vault” and that although she would have “access” to the information she submitted, she couldn’t take it with her.