Former President Donald Trump sounded an alarm over the Independence Day holiday on Tuesday, warning the country about what he believes is at risk during the 2024 election cycle.
Trump, who is the GOP’s current frontrunning candidate for the presidential nomination, wrote on his Truth Social platform: “Happy FOURTH OF JULY to everyone. We are working hard, we will take back our Country, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. The 2024 Election is our LAST GREAT CHANCE!”
Trump may be the party’s frontrunner so far, but he is facing a mountain of legal headaches that are about to get worse, according to a report on Monday.
The Department of Justice will add dozens more charges to the existing ones against the former president regarding his handling of classified documents if the federal judge overseeing the case is a Trump appointee.
According to The Independent, Biden’s DOJ is preparing a “superseding indictment” of 30-45 new charges if the case remains in the hands of U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon of the Southern District of Florida, who was randomly selected to try the case.
The new charges could potentially be brought in another jurisdiction and include charges against Trump associates. The outlet reported that DOJ officials are fe arful that Cannon will give deference to the president who appointed her.
Trump is currently facing a federal indictment comprising 37 counts filed by special counsel Jack Smith. Notably, 31 of these charges pertain to the alleged willful retention of military documents, with the prosecution invoking the Espionage Act of 1917.
Trump’s defense rests on his assertion that the possession of these documents was lawful under the civil statute of the Presidential Records Act. He points to a past precedent, the “Clinton socks case,” which was decided approximately ten years ago by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who President Barack Obama appointed.
Trump and his defenders have argued that precedent supports his claim that he was allowed to possess the documents in question, Newsmax reported.
During his administration, Jackson frequently ruled against Trump’s White House and his associates.
But, the DOJ is concerned the Trump-appointed judge in Florida will have to be circumvented by a superseding indictment bringing additional charges, sources told The Independent.
The special counsel’s team is apparently also considering bringing charges against attorneys for Trump, including those defending him during the 2020 presidential election challenge, like former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Trump is also facing 34 counts filed by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg in relation to hush money payments he made to adult film star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election, though he recently made a very good legal move in that case.
Famed Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz argued last month that Team Trump filing a $500 million lawsuit against Michael Cohen, his former personal lawyer, was the perfect strategy because he believes it’ll help his case and hurt Bragg.
Cohen testified before the Manhattan grand jury that indicted Trump on 34 criminal charges of falsifying business records related to adult film star Stormy Daniels. Trump reportedly sent a payment to Daniels ahead of the 2016 election, allegedly to keep Daniels quiet about an affair the two of them had in 2006.