It has become increasingly apparent that President Joe Biden’s Justice Department fully intends to indict former President Donald Trump for some sort of alleged criminal offense, likely as a means to prevent Trump from seeking a second term in the White House and to demoralize and intimidate his Republican supporters.
That plan is unlikely to succeed, though, as Trump revealed that a potential indictment would not stop him from running in 2024, The Washington Times reported.
Further, the former president repeatedly insisted that the American people would not accept an indictment against him and warned vaguely of a public backlash and “big problems” for the Biden administration if it moved forward with its plans to target him for prosecution.
Trump insists he did “absolutely nothing wrong”
Those remarks from former President Trump came in an interview Thursday with conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt, who wasted very little time on small talk before getting to arguably the most important question of the current time: “Do you feel like the Department of Justice is trying to indict you, Mr. President?”
“Well, there’s no reason that they can, other than if they’re just sick and deranged, which is always possible, because I did absolutely, you’ve seen the legal papers, absolutely nothing wrong. And there’s no reason that they can do that,” Trump replied.
Moving on to a few rapid-fire questions, Hewitt received confirmation from Trump that he has not yet been asked to appear before a grand jury and that he had issued verbal orders while still president to declassify various important documents that were seized by the FBI in its controversial Aug. 8 raid of Mar-a-Lago.
“No prohibition against running” if indicted
“So the last question is I don’t think they’re going to stop until they indict you, Donald Trump,” Hewitt said. “Will you run for president anyway even if you’re indicted?”
“Well, I can’t imagine being indicted. I’ve done nothing wrong,” Trump replied as he launched into a recitation of the many previous failed attempts against him, including two impeachments, the Mueller probe, and the “Russia, Russia, Russia” hoax.
Noting that a “prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich if they want,” Hewitt pressed the matter and asked again if an indictment would “deter you from running for president again?”
“I don’t think the people of the United States would stand for it. And as you know, if a thing like that happened, I would have no prohibition against running,” Trump said, and added a moment later, “But I think if it happened, I think you’d have problems in this country the likes of which perhaps we’ve never seen before. I don’t think the people of the United States would stand for it.”
“Big problems” for Biden DOJ if Trump is indicted
Asked to elaborate on what sort of “problems” he foresaw, the former president simply reiterated, “I think they’d have big problems, big problems. I just don’t think they’d stand for it. They will not, they will not sit still and stand for this ultimate of hoaxes.”
Hewitt accurately predicted that the “legacy media” would say that Trump was “attempting to incite violence” with that remark, but Trump replied, “That’s not, that’s not inciting. I’m just saying what my opinion is. I don’t think the people of this country would stand for it.”