Trump Says Americans Won’t ‘Stand’ For Charges Against Him, Warns Of Trouble

by | Sep 15, 2022 | Politics

Donald Trump said Thursday that Americans will not “stand” for indictments against him regarding top secret documents he took from the White House — and ominously warned that criminal charges could trigger “big problems” never before seen.Trump also declared that he issued a standing order to declassify everything he took from the White House. It’s a resurrected claim that even his attorneys haven’t presented in court filings — and one contradicted by several Trump administration officials.AdvertisementAsked about possible indictments related to the several boxes of White House documents, including classified and even top secret files, stashed at Mar-a-Lago, Trump repeatedly told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on his program that Americans won’t “stand for it,” and that any charges would trigger “problems in this country the likes of which perhaps we’ve never seen before.”When Hewitt asked him to detail what kind of problems, Trump responded: “I think they’d have big problems, big problems. I just don’t think they’d stand for it,” he added, referring to the public. “They will not sit still and stand for this ultimate of hoaxes.”When Hewitt pointed out that the comments could be interpreted as an incitement to violence, Trump replied: “That’s not inciting. I’m just saying what my opinion is. I don’t think the people of this country would stand for it.”In any case, even if he is indicted, Trump emphasized it would not stop him from running for the presidency in 2024. “If a thing like that happened, I would have no prohibition against running,” Trump told Hewitt, though he did not say he will run.AdvertisementHewitt also noted that Trump ally and former Pentagon chief of staff Kash Patel said he witnessed Trump “giving verbal orders to declassify the papers that ended up at Mar-a-Lago.”“Do you remember making those orders?” Hewitt asked Trump.“That’s correct,” the former president responded. “Not only that, I think it was other people also were there.” Trump also insisted he has “the absolute right to declassify, absolute.” Though Patel has backed Trump’s claim of issuing a “standing order” to declassify documents the former president took from the White House, it has not been asserted in court documents by Trump’s lawyers. Patel appears to be the only one other than Tru …

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