Trump indictment unsealed a criminal law scholar explains what the charges mean, and what prosecutors will now need...
What is the significance of the Justice Departments unsealing the indictment on June 9, ahead of Trumps turning himself in to authorities?
In the federal system, indictments are not automatically sealed, and so either the U.S. special counsel did not request it to be sealed or a judge refused to seal it. I suspect it is more likely the former. This is not a case in which there are active components of the investigation still going on. The case was ready to go and there is no difference, from the governments point of view, in disclosing the indictment today or not, because the case is in the can.
What stands out about the indictment?
One thing that really stood out was the extensive personal involvement of Donald Trump himself in this alleged activity. Normally, when a big company gets sued, the CEO doesnt drop everything and start going through documents. Thats what various other professionals are for. The details of Trumps alleged direct personal involvement in this case were striking.