State Attorney predicts Donald Trump indictment after elections
Congratulations to Dave Aronberg, who automatically earned a third term as Palm Beach State Attorney.

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Charges could include conspiracy to defraud the United States or obstruction of an official proceeding.

Before former President Donald Trump eyes 2024, perhaps he should have his attention on matters more pressing. A South Florida prosecutor believes the Justice Department will up its game on indictments, after Election Day, related to Trump’s handling of confidential government documents. 

“We have reports that involve nuclear materials, we have reports that involve foreign spies, but we don’t know (those allegations) for sure,” said Dave Aronberg, State Attorney for the 15th Judicial Circuit. “And that’s where I’m guessing (the documents do) involve that, and I think he will be indicted after the midterms.”

Aronberg, a regular on cable news networks regarding legal matters, spoke to the Flagler Tiger Bay Club. The club invited him to get his look at what might come out of the Mar-a-Lago confidential documents investigation, and how the elections may shake out in Florida and nationally.

There are a number of layers between Trump and what his supporters did Jan. 6, he noted. 

“If you’re going to charge the former President with any crimes, you have to tie him directly to the violence,” Aronberg said. “It’s not so easy to do.”

Seditious conspiracy, a charge which Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes faces, is notoriously hard to prove, and there would have to be evidence of an agreement with Trump regarding the violence.

Trump could be charged with other offenses, though, like conspiracy to defraud the United States, and obstruction of an official proceeding.

“There’s a federal judge, Judge (David) Carter, who said that it is more likely than not that former President Trump committed those two crimes,” Aronberg said. “So, those two are in play. But again, you have to have a direct link between Trump and the violence on that day for prosecutors to charge.

“Based on what we know now, not sure.”

On the documents, though, there is a direct line, he said.

“He keeps making admissions in his public statements,” all of which really hurts him, Aronberg said. “It shows knowledge, it shows intent.”

There’s also the matter of whether it’s in the government’s interest to prosecute Trump.

“To get there, you have to show something that is really damaging to our national security,” Aronberg said. “If the documents matter is about Kim Jong-un’s love letters, it’s not going to happen, you’re not going to see a prosecution.”

Aronberg, a Democrat and former state Senator, made jokes about how the Republican bastion of Flagler County felt like an away game, and he hoped whatever he said wouldn’t gain him the attention of Gov. Ron DeSantis.

“The goal here today is for me to be honest and interesting and provocative,” Aronberg said, “but not so honest, interesting and provocative to get suspended by this Governor.” 

Wes Wolfe

Wes Wolfe is a reporter who's worked for newspapers across the South, winning press association awards for his work in Georgia and the Carolinas. He lives in Jacksonville and previously covered state politics, environmental issues and courts for the News-Leader in Fernandina Beach. You can reach Wes at [email protected] and @WesWolfeFP. Facebook:


  • michelle

    October 19, 2022 at 4:48 pm

    please? pretty please?

  • Elliott Offen

    October 19, 2022 at 4:49 pm

    Trump is a crook who duped the stupid people that the grifters in the GOP usually grift off of. God knows how many sexual assaults, frauds, election crimes, Espionage Act violations, lies, and thefts this man comitted. It will take a decade to uncover it all.

    • Ocean Joe

      October 19, 2022 at 5:09 pm

      To his credit, he has shown that even a man with bone spurs can still rise to the top…kind of like pond scum.

      • Joe Corsin

        October 19, 2022 at 5:22 pm

        Said John McCain was a war hero only because he was captured but he likes people who were not captured. Yet some veterans love the idiot. Mind you if anyone will take away VA benefits it will be some conservative like Rick Scott.

  • Pastor Sandell

    October 19, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Yeah he has a civil suit going on about a rape as well. That would mean at least two rapes because of his first wife’s police report. She said she recommended a hair specialist that didn’t do a great job. He came home and tore her hair out while giving her the baloney. I suppose stupid religious people justify voting for such filth under the concept of “forgiveness.” Of course many verses in the Bible would lead one to the conclusion that putting a filthy rotten monger such as him in power would draw the Lord’s wrath.

  • B Schmidt

    October 19, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Garland said ‘no Politician on a ballot’… Trump is not in ballots, he is on dockets. He should be indited about say ’10’ days before the election?

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