Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton laughed at former President Donald Trump before telling MSNBC host Rachel Maddow she felt “great profound sadness” about the possibility of another Trump indictment.
She probably is not as sad as the man who defeated her in the 2016 presidential campaign when, upon election, he reneged on his promise to “lock her up.”
Atlanta, Georgia, grand jurors empaneled by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis returned a True Bill to Fulton County Superior Court.
Grand jurors issued indictments on 41 charges against former President Donald Trump and 18 other individuals.
Trump was indicted on 14 charges in connection with alleged attempts to overturn results of the 2020 general election in Georgia.
In the interview with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, Clinton’s initial response to the news was laughter. Maddow noted Clinton’s reaction, which prompted even more laughter from the former secretary of state.
“All over the country, people are wondering what Hillary Rodham Clinton is thinking, watching things unfold in Georgia,” Maddow said Monday to Clinton, who laughed.
“Oh, I can’t believe this,” Clinton said before breaking out in more laughter. “Honestly, I didn’t think that it would be under these circumstances. Yet another set of indictments.”
The charges against Trump include violating the Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, a novel approach to prosecuting the former president.
Willis, a Democrat, sought indictments under laws designed to penalize organized crime members, like mafia members, not former presidents.
RICO charges have become the Georgia prosecutor’s signature move against high-profile defendants. The Peach State’s RICO statute is looser than other states and more easily prosecuted.
Her RICO complaint against Trump alleges that, rather than steal money the former president tried to overturn election results by stealing votes from Georgia voters.
Her prosecution represents the fourth set of criminal indictments against Trump during his campaign to wrest control of the Executive Branch back from President Joe Biden.
They follow criminal complaints from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, a Democrat, and two sets of indictments from Special Counsel Jack Smith, a Democrat appointed by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland.
The Georgia Democrat also secured indictments against Trump for solicitation of violating the oath by a public officer, conspiracy to commit impersonation of a public officer and forgery, among others.
Trump responded to the allegations by branding the indictment as politically driven, crafted specifically to impede his campaign efforts.
The former president’s stance remains that these legal challenges have underlying political motivations.
“This politically-inspired indictment, which could have been brought close to three years ago,” Trump said.
The former president added the prosecution “was tailored for placement right smack in the middle of my political campaign, where I am leading all Republicans — by a lot — and beating Joe Biden soundly in almost all polls.”
Despite the brief moment of levity on MSNBC, Clinton took a moment to underscore the seriousness of the situation, emphasizing the need to uphold justice and the proper functioning of the legal system.