Former President Donald Trump made a startling admission during a Fox News town hall Tuesday evening hosted by Sean Hannity.
Trump ripped Joe Biden’s Justice Department after Hannity noted that the former president has been subjected to “never-ending attacks” on the heels of an announcement from Trump earlier in the day that special counsel Jack Smith has notified him he is the subject of a criminal investigation stemming from the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol Building.
Trump said he received word via a letter sent by Smith on Sunday, admitting to Hannity, “No, it bothers me.”
“It bothers me for everybody in this incredible, sold-out audience. It bothers you — I got the letter on Sunday night. Think of it. I don’t think they’ve ever sent a letter on Sunday night. And they’re in a rush because they want to interfere, interference with the election. It’s election interference,” Trump added.
“Never been done like this in the history of our country and it’s a disgrace. What’s happening to our country, whether it’s the borders, or the elections, or kinds of things like this, where the DOJ has become a weapon for the Democrats,” he said of the unprecedented nature of the legal actions taken against a former president.
“Not only with the Republicans, but we’re leading against Biden by a tremendous amount. They haven’t seen anything like it. They feel, I guess they want to try and demean and diminish and frighten people. But they don’t frighten us because we’re going to make America great again,” Trump suggested.
He predicted that the country would decline even faster under four more years of a Democratic presidency.
“We’re going into almost a communistic state, and I think maybe we’re even there. When you look at what they are doing, you can call it fascist. You can call it Marxist. You can call it communist. What they’re doing, like with the Department of Justice, they’ve totally weaponized it. It’s weaponized,” he said.
“Like, we’ve never had this before. It’s not only me. Catholics. You see what’s happening. Parents at school boards. They’re being harassed by the Justice Department, by the FBI. Nobody’s ever seen what’s happening right now,” Trump said.
Trump’s team can use one powerful legal weapon to neuter special prosecutor Jack Smith’s classified documents case against him, according to one veteran expert.
And if Team Trump decides to go that route, it would be “game over,” civil rights attorney Leo Terrell told Fox News host Mark Levin on Sunday.
That would be employing the Presidential Records Act, he noted.
The legislation dictates the procedures that presidents, beginning with Ronald Reagan, must follow when managing their official records and paperwork. In 2014, an amendment led by former Rep. Elijah Cummings D-Md., made updates to include the digital era and enhance transparency aspects of the act, Fox News noted.
The PRA places the responsibility for “custody and management of incumbent Presidential records with the President,” the National Archives note.
Terrell said that the act totally exonerates Trump, adding that it should lead to an “outright dismissal of these frivolous charges against Donald J. Trump.”
“President Trump had the absolute right to declassify any and all documents in his custody, control and possession. There has been no response to that by the prosecution, Terrell said, according to Fox. “I’ll tell you why: Because they don’t have one.”
Invoking the act would be “game over” for Smith, Terrell noted. “That is, to me, the most important first motion President Trump’s legal team could file.”
He also said he believes the entire legal war against Trump is designed to block his path back to the White House.