- Former President Donald Trump has hinted there could be “big trouble” if he is charged.
- Trump did not dismiss that he was referring to violence, but said his comments were “not inciting.”
- Trump is involved in several investigations surrounding the attack on the US Capitol and the 2020 election.
Former President Donald Trump warned Thursday that if he is indicted, there will be “big trouble”, a hint of street violence that the ex-president did not dismiss.
In an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Trump said of a possible indictment, “I don’t think the American people would support him.”
He added: “I think you would have problems in this country that we may not have seen before.”
Trump’s remarks come more than a month after federal authorities raided his Mar-a-Lago estate as part of their investigation into his handling of government documents – more than 100 documents recovered were marked as classified.
Following the announcement of the FBI’s search of his residence in Florida, there were new calls among conservative groups and his supporters for a civil war in the country. In the charged atmosphere, Trump had warned that the country is “in a dangerous position” and that Americans “are not going to put up with another rip-off,” rhetoric that simultaneously stokes the anger of its supporters and normalizes the possibility of violence without explicitly urging it.
In Thursday’s radio interview, Hewitt raised the possibility that his comments could be interpreted as an endorsement of violence.
Trump replied, “That’s not incentive. I’m just stating my opinions. I don’t think the people of that would support it.”
Senate Judiciary Chairman Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, on Thursday denounced the former president’s latest remarks as “reckless” and added that “inflammatory rhetoric has its consequences.” .
Political scientists have warned that the United States could see violence similar to the January 6, 2021 assault on the US Capitol that left seven dead and more than 140 police officers injured.
“When you have politicians who annoy everyone and law enforcement who are kind of vapid or weak in their response, then I think you have a really volatile mix that encourages those kinds of groups to continue what they’re doing. ‘they do, “Carole Emberton, a history professor at the University at Buffalo, specializing in the American Civil War, said in a previous interview with Insider.
The Justice Department’s investigation into Trump’s handling of government records comes against the backdrop of several other surveys involving the former president.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is conducting a criminal investigation into whether Trump and his associates attempted to interfere in Georgia’s 2020 election results. New York Attorney General Letitia James is conducting a civil investigation into the Trump Organization and its business practices. And a House select committee is investigating Trump’s role in the attack on the US Capitol.
Trump told Hewitt in the interview that he had done nothing wrong and believed the Justice Department would not charge him. He also added that an indictment against him is ‘no ban’ on his candidacy for the presidency in 2024.
Legal experts told Insider that technically Trump could Course for the president even if he is charged, convicted and put behind bars. The constitution only requires that presidential candidates be at least 35 years old and be U.S. citizens by birth.