Donald Trump and his legal team have been working to undermine his recent federal indictment and criticize the individuals involved. Trump took to Truth Social to criticize Judge Tanya Chutkan, who will preside over his case, stating that he does not believe he will receive a fair trial. Trump’s attorney, John Lauro, appeared on various news shows to argue that Trump was exercising his First Amendment rights by claiming the election was stolen. However, former Vice President Mike Pence contradicted this claim, stating that Trump’s attorneys asked him outright to reject votes.
Recently, Trump has been on the defensive after receiving his third criminal indictment. He specifically targeted Nancy Pelosi, responding to her comment that he looked like a “scared puppy” during his arraignment. Trump accused Pelosi of making vicious comments about him and referenced a story he didn’t previously comment on.
During a South Carolina Republican Party fundraiser, Trump spoke out against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans who resisted his calls for assistance on January 6 and now as he faces criminal charges. Trump suggested that McConnell is being influenced by Democrats or the Department of Justice, insinuating that they have something on him.
Looking ahead to the 2024 election, polls show that a rematch between Trump and President Joe Biden is likely. Despite his legal troubles, Trump remains the most popular candidate among Republicans, with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis trailing behind by a significant margin.
In an interview, former Vice President Mike Pence was evasive when asked about Trump’s indictment and whether it was politicized. Pence refrained from taking a side, expressing uncertainty about the evidence against Trump. He also criticized the Justice Department for unrelated issues, such as the prosecution of Hunter Biden.
Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney, claimed that Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and former advisor, is likely a cooperating witness in the ongoing investigation. Cohen implicated Kushner as one of the individuals who provided evidence against him to prosecutors.
Trump expressed his desire for a different judge and a change of venue for his case, suggesting that he cannot receive a fair trial with Judge Chutkan presiding in Washington, D.C. Trump plans to request recusal of the judge, citing powerful grounds, and seek a different judge and venue.