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The Roundtable: A Complex Prosecution

Can the country afford to engage in a protracted prosecution of a former president? Can it afford not to?

What will the findings of the Mar-a-Lago raid mean for Trump's future? A panel of experts joined Roundtable to analyze the incident's legal and political implications. In this segment, they focus on the politics of the raid and the fallout of any subsequent prosecution. 

Bill Blum argues that the course of events will be historic in any event, possibly effecting an irreversible rift in American politics.

"Legally, there is a debate among legal scholars and practitioners about whether or not the country can withstand a prosecution," he says. "I think that the greater danger is not prosecuting him." 

"I don't know what case will be brought against Donald Trump, if any," he continued. "But I think there's very good reason to investigate him and, if warranted, to charge him. That will have political ramifications, but that's inevitable when any high-profile person is brought to justice."

Sharon Kyle sees the potential prosecution as both a legal and political issue with high stakes for the credibility of the country's legal institutions—and the idea that nobody is above the law. 

"If we allow this precedent to go unchecked, we further erode this country's confidence in our so-called democracy and in our justice system," she says. 

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"If we allow this to go unchecked, we are looking at another Trump-like president in our near future, if not Trump himself."

Watch the full discussion below:

Roundtable Guests:

Sharon Kyle, Co-Founder, Hollywood Progressive

BIll Blum, Founder and Editor In Chief, Blum's Law

Richard Painter, Former Chief White House Ethics Lawyer