In a recent press conference, former President Donald Trump blamed President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party for his current legal troubles. Trump is fighting multiple lawsuits and 91 felony charges across four states while running his latest campaign for the presidency, with the Democratic Party using each of them to “cheat” in this election, according to Trump.
Crooked Joe Biden
“My legal issues, every one of them, every one — civil and criminal ones — are all set up by Joe Biden. Crooked Joe Biden,” Trump said in his press conference following closing arguments in the non-jury civil lawsuit initiated by New York Attorney General Letitia James. “This is something that’s never happened in this country, even when you look at this, this is all about Biden.”
“They’re doing it for election interference, and, in a way, I guess you’d consider it part of the campaign, because if you really look at it, they are doing this, and it’s never been done like this in this country. It’s like we are a Third World country — a banana republic,” Trump accused. Trump infers meetings between James and Biden at the White House in 2022 and 2023 were to set him up in order to ‘cheat’ on the next election.
Not a vendetta
James filed a suit against Trump and some of his adult children based on alleged fraudulent reporting of the values of his assets and properties to get better rates from lenders. After proceedings ended in her civil trial against Trump, James stated, “This case has never been about politics or personal vendetta or about name-calling. This case is about the facts and the law. And Mr. Donald Trump violated the law.”
If the courts rule in favor of James, she seeks a $370 million penalty. She also seeks to have Trump removed from his own companies and New York real estate in general. Trump and his lawyers stand by his lack of wrongdoing and believe he should be paid for what he has been put through.
Trump has also spent time in the federal Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., for charges being prosecuted by Special Counsel Jack Smith for his alleged involvement on January 6th. Trump and his legal team are arguing for presidential immunity on these charges.
The trial was officially set to begin on March 4. March 5th are the Super Tuesday primary contests, when Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Vermont vote to select a GOP nominee. This date is on hold pending the court’s decision in regard to immunity.
On March 25th, Trump is set to go to trial in Manhattan for charges from his 2016 presidential campaign. Trump pleaded not guilty to the charges brought after a year of investigations led by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg into hush-money payments made during the campaign to cover up a potential sex scandal. If the date is not moved due to the January 6th trial, it will take place between the Louisiana primary and Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin GOP polling days.
Trump has also pleaded not guilty to 37 federal charges involving the alleged mishandling of classified documents. Prosecutors accuse Trump of intentionally withholding documents from government officials and obstructing justice while trying to conceal said documents. This trial is set to begin on May 20th, ahead of the Kentucky, Oregon, and New Jersey primaries.
Final indictment, for now
The last on the long list of current trials and indictments of the current Republican presidential frontrunner is in Georgia. Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis has brought 41 counts against Trump and some of his leading advisors, including Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who served as his personal lawyer, and Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff. She has charged Trump and his team under racketeering laws for attempting to obstruct the 2020 election.
Former President Trump has touted that President Biden has “weaponized” the Department of Justice in order to influence the political process in his favor. “Joe Biden has weaponized law enforcement to interfere in our elections,” Trump told the Faith and Freedom Coalition. “I’m being indicted for you.”
At every trial
Even though each of his trials correlates with the campaign trail and GOP primaries, Trump promises to be at every trial. “I want to go to all of my trials. These are all set up by Biden and the Democrats,” Trump said. “This is their new form of cheating. This is like last time.”
Ahead in the polls
If the Democratic Party and President Biden were using the justice system to influence the election, it does not seem to have made an impact. In the latest polls, the majority of Republican voters still named Trump as their candidate of choice. “So far, I think it’s gone very much against them,” Trump gloated during a speech.