A new report from the New York Times' Maggie Haberman indicates that the recent Biden-Putin summit caused Trump to realize that he will not, in fact, be “reinstated” as president. So now, the former POTUS is diverting his attention to something else. Trump is reportedly now preparing with his legal team for a criminal indictment that they believe could be coming. Haberman said on CNN, “he is missing a level of protection that he felt like he had when he was in the White House. Some kind of, if not actual full immunity, some kind of level of belief that we’re not going to charge a sitting president. I think that he is talking about keeping his political options alive because he sees it in part as a shield against what could be coming.” Trump very well could run again in 2024 and perhaps he hasn’t made up his mind yet. However as Haberman points out, Trump could be doing all of these interviews, trying to get back on social media and staying relevant in political circles all because he wants to avoid prosecution. His team may suspect that investigators would be leery of charging someone who they suspect could become the chief executive again.
According to Haberman’s reporting, Trump is taking meetings at Trump Tower on the possibility of a criminal indictment. His two sons, Don and Eric, who were supposedly running the Trump Organization while their father was president, are regularly at the meetings. There are several investigations into Trump and his organization now, including the ones out of New York and Georgia. Haberman said about the planning, “this is not the only focus of attention, but it is a focus of attention.” Trump’s ace in the hole if he ever does get charged is to call the whole thing a “witch hunt,” which he has done countless times before. There’s still a long way to go before Trump faces any consequences for his alleged wrongdoing over the years, but at the very least, it’s taking up a great deal of his attention and is keeping the former president occupied with things that are perhaps less harmful to the country.
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