37 counts of unlawful possession of classified documents and obstructing efforts to recover them have been brought against Donald Trump.
The BBC questioned Republicans about their thoughts on the indictment as the former president runs for the White House again in 2024.
Although a grand jury in Florida approved the case brought by an independent special counsel, conservatives on our panel see it as an attempt to thwart Mr. Trump's presidential campaign.
And they inquire as to why Democratic President Joe Biden—who is the subject of an ongoing investigation by Robert Hur, a prosecutor appointed by Trump—has not been charged with removing classified materials from restricted areas.
Strongly opposed to abortion, Kathleen voted twice for Trump. Although she supports the former president, she wants a new Republican nominee.
I'm getting really tired of all the political attacks on Mr. Trump. Just as it never does. It appears that someone has been working from the start to remove him from the competition.
Looking at the indictment only reinforces my belief that Mr. Trump is neither an experienced politician nor an operative. That is not the way to go about hiding documents if one really wanted to do so for evil purposes.
Intention, in my opinion, is crucial. Did you realize the gravity of it? What was the driving force behind it?
Just spend some time with your family, Mr. Trump and Mr. Biden, and let's give some younger people a chance to run for office. Because of how stale this is getting, I'm actually impressed by Mr. Trump's tenacity.
Luke was raised in an area of the Northeast that leans liberal. In 2020, he cast a vote for Donald Trump.
Even though I now oppose Trump and cheer for his Republican opponents, I still find this development to be very concerning.
I don't question the veracity of the allegations in the indictment, and I don't support Trump's behavior. The reason for his prosecution and investigation, however, continues to be of grave concern.
It is absurd to assert that these actions were carried out in the legitimate interest of the law. When it came to the Clintons or Hunter Biden, where was this interest?
Joe Biden ought to be held to the same standard, in my opinion. Everyone seems to have documents. But if we're going to charge one, charge the other as well. Although the investigation is still ongoing, that is my opinion.
I believe it is appropriate that the entire Republican establishment has sort of defended him.
Rom has consistently backed Donald Trump and cast his ballot for him in the 2016 and 2020 elections.
I haven't changed my opinion based on what I've read in the indictment. I continue to see this as a partisan effort to delegitimize Mr. Trump in the run-up to the 2024 elections.
This is such a blatant attempt to remove Mr. Trump from the race for president. And it is a sad day for our country given that other people, including Mr. Biden, have been found in possession of classified documents.
I'll even go so far as to say that the Department of Justice officials who are in charge of this lack both common sense and good judgment.
The trust that tens of millions of Americans have in their governmental institutions and in the rule of law has only been further eroded by this. To say the least, I'm shocked.
Noah is a pro-life activist from Northern Virginia who supported Donald Trump in the 2020 election.
I believe it is fairly obvious that the accusations are politically motivated, and after reviewing the indictment, my opinions have not changed much.
Nothing would please the Democratic establishment more than for a front-runner to lose the primary. So I would anticipate more indictments coming in. The political left has a sincere desire to bring Trump to his knees.
By inciting his supporters, I believe they intend to both strengthen him for the general election and make him the nominee.