Trump gives emphatic answer to question about 2024 run as former lawyer makes damning claim
Palm Beach, Florida - Donald Trump said Friday he would not end his run for the White House if he were convicted and sentenced in any of the criminal investigations against him.
The former president was reacting to the federal and state charges he faces as he bids for a second term in 2024, a day after federal prosecutors added three felony counts to the indictment against him over his handling of classified documents.
Asked by right wing radio host John Fredericks if being sentenced would stop his campaign, he quickly responded: "Not at all. There's nothing in the Constitution to say that it could."
"And even the radical left crazies are saying not at all, that wouldn't stop [me] – and it wouldn't stop me either. These people are sick. What they are doing is absolutely horrible," he added.
Trump said previous presidents including Barack Obama and George W. Bush "took documents," suggesting falsely that his predecessors also committed the alleged crimes for which he has been charged.
"Nobody has ever gone through this. This is crazy," he added, mischaracterizing the law and a previous civil dispute over presidential documents to argue that he had done nothing wrong.
The twice-impeached former president was first indicted in the classified documents case last month, accused of endangering national security by holding on to top secret documents after leaving the White House and deliberately obstructing attempts by authorities to recover them.
On Thursday, attorney Ty Cobb, who was part of the White House legal team during the Trump administration, told CNN the Justice Department's evidence in the case was "overwhelming."
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