Trump says his only 'crime' was unexpectedly beating Hillary Clinton in 2016

 May 18, 2024

Former President Donald Trump just admitted that he has, in fact, committed a crime involving a presidential election. 

According to The Washington Times, the 45th president, in the wake of another day in court for his "hush money" trial, told reporters that the only "crime" he ever committed was the "crime" of beating Hillary Clinton in 2016.

His remarks came after he was finished in court on the day that DA Alvin Bragg's star witness, former Trump "fixer" Michael Cohen, was reportedly "bruised" during cross-examination.

Trump was reportedly happy with how his lawyers roughed Cohen up on the stand in an attempt to prove to the jury that he has a problem with lying a lot.

Trump speaks

The former president, along with his inner circle and millions of supporters, have long argued that the charges he faces are part of a larger scheme to hamstring his presidential ambitions.

Given that the "hush money" case focuses on events leading to the 2016 election, Trump told reporters that his "crime" was unexpectedly beating Clinton in that election.

"That was my crime — I won an election I wasn’t supposed to win against Hillary Clinton," Trump said outside of the courtroom.

He added, "I think it was a very interesting day, a fascinating day and it shows what a scam this whole thing is," referencing his belief that it's nothing more than a political witch hunt using America's justice system against him.

The Washington Times noted:

Prosecutors allege Mr. Trump, using Mr. Cohen, paid $130,000 in hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016 and then concealed reimbursements to Mr. Cohen in an unlawful manner. Mr. Trump pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records.

Legal experts from across the political spectrum have cast doubt on Bragg's ability to prove that an actual crime took place, often noting that Bragg's case is one of the weakest cases Trump faces.

It's a setup

Trump, along with many others, believe that prosecutors are desperately trying to get as many trials going before the election as possible, which obviously keeps Trump tied up in court and spending time and money on legal matters instead of on his presidential campaign.

"You know, they’re trying to rush to get it done before the election so that they can harm me, so they can hurt their political opponent," Trump said.

Trump and his lawyers have scored several legal victories over the past several weeks, including an "indefinite" delay in Special Counsel Jack Smith's classified documents trial, which was set to begin this month.

The longer Trump and his lawyers can delay cases, the better shot he has at avoiding charges, because if he wins the presidency, he can appoint an attorney general who will squash the cases immediately.

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