Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said in a statement Friday that Donald Trump “brought these charges upon himself” after the former president was indicted for his mishandling of classified documents.
“Mr. Trump brought these charges upon himself by not only taking classified documents, but by refusing to simply return them when given numerous opportunities to do so,” Romney said in a statement.
“These allegations are serious and if proven, would be consistent with his other actions offensive to the national interest, such as withholding defensive weapons from Ukraine for political reasons and failing to defend the Capitol from violent attack and insurrection,” Romney added.
Trump was indicted on seven criminal charges in connection with his mishandling of classified documents that were recovered last year at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
The nature of the charges against Trump are not public, as the indictment is sealed for now.
However, sources with knowledge of the matter told The New York Times that the charges include “willfully retaining national defense secrets in violation of the Espionage Act, making false statements and an obstruction of justice conspiracy.”