Former President Donald Trump vowed on Friday that he would run for president from the inside of a prison cell if he is convicted in the criminal cases that he faces.

Trump made the remarks during an appearance on a pro-Trump radio show with John Fredricks when he was asked if a conviction would stop his third presidential campaign.

“Not at all. There’s nothing in the Constitution to say that it could,” Trump said. “Even the radical Left crazies are saying, ‘No, that wouldn’t stop!’ And it wouldn’t stop me either.”

Trump later posted on social media that Special Counsel Jack Smith, who is prosecuting the two federal criminal investigations into Trump, should be jailed.

“They ought to throw Deranged Jack Smith and his Thug Prosecutors in jail, with Meritless Garland and Trump Hating Lisa Monaco,” Trump wrote. “They have totally Weaponized the Department of Injustice. Whatever happened to the Crooked Joe Biden Boxes Case? Why was Hillary Clinton allowed to delete 33,000 emails, many of them Classified, AFTER getting a Subpoena from Congress? Why was Bill Clinton allowed to take tapes out of the W.H. in his socks? Why has no other President ever been charged? ELECTION FRAUD!”

The comments from the former president come after he was charged on Thursday with three additional counts in the federal criminal probe into his handling of classified information after he left the White House.


Trump was charged with one additional count of willful retention of national defense information and two additional obstruction counts stemming from alleged attempts to delete surveillance footage at Mar-a-Lago after investigators had delivered a subpoena to Trump seeking the materials that he had in his possession.

One of the key revelations in the new superseding indictment is that prosecutors now have in their possession the document that Trump allegedly showed to a writer and a publisher during a recorded interview in July 2021 at his golf club in Bedminster.

After he was first indicted in the case, Trump claimed in media interviews that he was not holding up any documents and that it was a case of him displaying too much “bravado.”

“I would say it was bravado; if you want to know the truth, it was bravado,” Trump said. “I was talking and just holding up papers and talking about them, but I had no documents. I didn’t have any documents.”

However, the new superseding indictment makes clear that prosecutors are now in possession of the document.

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