During an interview this week, former president Donald Trump delivered a dire warning to Democrats and the Biden administration on the possibility of serving time in prison if he is found responsible for any of the charges he is now charged with on the state and federal levels.
The host of The Simon Conway Show quizzed Donald Trump on the possibility of going to jail and how he anticipated his followers would react.
“Is it something that concerns you of the people making sure that they don’t go out of their right mind if something like that happens, if that, for example, they do say — Jack Smith says, OK, I’m going to put Donald Trump in jail?’ the host asked?
“I think it’s a very dangerous thing to even talk about because we do have a tremendously passionate group of voters, much more passion than they had in 2020 and much more passion than they had in 2016,” he said, adding, “I think it would be very dangerous.”
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“They’re trying to cheat on an election by doing this,” Trump added. “It’s election interference.”
While the special counsel appointed to look into President Joe Biden’s holding of sensitive documents—which he was not permitted to have as a vice president or senator—has remained mute, Trump used his Truth Social platform earlier this week to verbally attack Smith.
“The Democrat prosecutors waited years to bring charges so that they could interfere with the 2024 presidential election. They are getting, however, big blowback!” he wrote, adding, “for the first time in the history of the USA, lawyers, and the legal system itself, are under siege…all a gift from crooked Joe Biden, Merrick Garland, and deranged prosecutor, Jack Smith!”
Trump will be tried on May 20, 2024, according to a decision made by a federal judge on Friday. He is accused of mishandling secret papers at his Mar-a-Lago home.
“U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon appeared to split the difference between prosecutors’ request for a December 2023 trial date and Trump’s request to postpone the trial until after the November 2024 election,” Politico reported.
Fort Pierce will host the first pretrial hearing in the case involving Trump’s classified documents. After the nearly two-hour hearing in federal court in Fort Pierce, Florida, where attorneys for Trump pushed for an indefinite delay of a trial date, Judge Cannon said she would issue a written order “promptly.”
The defense team for Donald Trump claimed they needed extra time to get ready for what they described as a difficult case with a sizable body of evidence. They claim that before the 2024 election, in which he is by far the GOP front-runner, the former president won’t receive a fair trial.
According to federal prosecutors, the case is straightforward and there is no reason for a protracted delay. They have suggested that the trial start in December. According to Market Watch, “Prosecutor David Harbach told the judge that Trump’s defense team frequently argued that he should be handled differently because he is running for president.
“The Department of Justice urged Cannon not to sign off on the Trump team’s desired delay. It was the first time arguments were held in front of Cannon in the unprecedented federal prosecution of the former president, who is also facing charges in a separate case in New York. Cannon has been under increased scrutiny since a court ruling last year that critics said was unduly favorable to Trump,” the outlet added.
One of Trump’s attorneys, Todd White, told the judge that he disagreed with the prosecution’s assertion that this case should be handled like any other because Trump is the front-runner in the race to succeed Joe Biden as president.
The trial should therefore be postponed until after the November 2024 election, according to Trump’s team’s argument before Cannon.