Former President Donald Trump joked in a speech before a dinner hosted by the Alabama Republican Party on Friday that he would win the 2024 election with “one more indictment.”
After special counsel Jack Smith secured 37 indictments against Trump in June, Trump secured four indictments over efforts to challenge the results of the 2020 election. He pleaded not guilty to all charges in an arraignment on Thursday. Regarding the investigation into the suspicion of confidential documents. (Related: Trump attorney says he takes a ‘very simple’ strategy of pointing out Jack Smith that ‘the whole law is wrong’)
“They wanted to wait and they did,” Trump said. “They waited until the middle of the election, waited until I was a dominant force in the polls because I dominated everyone, including Biden in the polls. In other cases in the middle of the campaign, including the local public prosecutor’s office and the Attorney General’s Office, it has no impact on our lead by a large margin because they are prosecuting. Because every time we do, we keep climbing up the ranks. poll. He needs one more indictment to finish this election, but he needs one more indictment and this election is over. No one even has a chance. “
Trump now leads Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Real Clear Politics average The poll puts businessman Vivek Ramaswamy in third with 5.2%, 53.1% to 17.6%.
Legal experts said many of the acts Smith claimed to be criminal in the indictment appear to be protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said the indictment attacked not only the First Amendment, but also the rights of attorneys under President Trump’s Sixth Amendment.
Republican Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida, Republican Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, Trump’s main rivals for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, have all called for the indictment. condemned.
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