Trump says investigations would “immediately stop” if he chose not to run in 2024

Some in the media have suggested that findings made by the January 6 select committee could result in criminal charges against former President Donald Trump.

However, Trump insisted during a speech on Friday that such “persecution” would “immediately stop” if he were to announce that he is not running for president again in 2024. 

Trump says the investigation is politically motivated

According to Newsmax, Trump made that claim while speaking at a rally in Arizona for gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and other Republicans.

“They’re coming after me because I’m standing up for you,” Trump told the thousands of supporters who came to see him in Prescott Valley.

“I’m doing it for you, and it’s my honor to do it,” the former president insisted, adding that he “had a “very good and luxurious life before entering the wonderful world of politics.”

“Because if I don’t do it, I truly believe our nation is doomed to become another Venezuela or become another Soviet Union or become another large-scale version of Cuba, where all is lost, and there is no hope.”

Trump also took time to mock some of the committee’s witness, including former deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews. He alleged that Matthews attempted to ingratiate herself with him despite testifying about being disturbed by Trump’s failure to deescalate the riot on Capitol Hill.

“I watched this hoax last night where a young lady said, ‘Oh, I’m so heartbroken,'” Trump said. “But three weeks after January 6,  she wrote us a letter saying, ‘Oh, I loved working for the president. He’s so great.'”

The former president laughs off the allegation that he threw food

The former president also took aim at former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson’s claim that he threw food in the White House and tried to fight Secret Service agents for control of a vehicle.

“Can you imagine this made-up story?” he asked. “It is total fiction, and I say thank God for the great people in the Secret Service because they put out a statement that it wasn’t terrible.

“Then she had me throwing food, throwing food in the White House. I don’t throw food in the White House. I don’t throw food anywhere,” Trump insisted, joking, “I eat the food, which is a problem. I’d probably be better off if I threw it.”

“It’s just a horrible thing that’s going on in our country,” he said. “It’s sick, and the fake news media is totally complicit. These are very dishonest people.”

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