“Nobody wants to be indicted” former President and current GOP candidate Donald Trump said in an interview with Politico; but it is not slowing him down, and he even expects to be paid back damages. “I didn’t do anything wrong” said Trump.
“Nobody wants to be indicted,” he said. “I’ve never been indicted. I went through my whole life, now I get indicted every two months. It’s been political.” Trump added that he did not expect to be convicted, but may be open to a plea deal “where they pay me some damages.”
And as for the 2024 presidential election Trump told a Politico reporter in the interview aboard his plane, I’ll never leave…Look, if I would have left, I would have left prior to the original race in 2016. That was a rough one. In theory that was not doable.”
He spoke in apocalyptic terms, telling activists in Columbus, Ga., that “this is the final battle.” He personalized the indictment for his supporters, telling them, “In the end, they’re not coming after me, they’re coming after you.”
The former president, who is facing 37 criminal charges in connection with his alleged mishandling of classified documents, spent his Saturday between stops in Georgia and North Carolina where he spoke at their Republican state conventions.
Trump’s appearances in Georgia and North Carolina were his first since he announced the indictment last Thursday night on his Truth Social social media platform. National Review writes that the former president “spoke in apocalyptic terms”, telling activists in Columbus, Georgia that “this is the final battle.” He also personalized the indictment for his supporters, telling them, “In the end, they’re not coming after me, they’re coming after you.”
Trump also called the indictment “ridiculous” and “baseless,” and used his Saturday speeches to attack special counsel Jack Smith as “deranged” and “openly a Trump hater,” according to media accounts. He called the Department of Justice “a sick nest of people that needs to be cleaned out immediately,” according to the New York Times.