Trump suggests new indictment could help his campaign

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 August 15, 2023

According to The Hill, former President Donald Trump said at an event earlier this month that his legal troubles have actually helped his campaign, declaring, "We need one more indictment to close out this election."

If the former president is correct, then it appears Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis just handed him a political miracle. 

Trump hit with long list of charges

Fox News reported that Willis held a press conference on Monday in which she listed a slew of charges that Trump has been indicted on.

Among the allegations Willis laid out are that Trump violated the Georgia RICO (Racketeer Influenced And Corrupt Organizations) Act.

Other charges include Solicitation of Violation of Oath by a Public Officer; Conspiracy to Commit Impersonating a Public Officer; Conspiracy to Commit Forgery in the First Degree; Conspiracy to Commit False Statements and Writings; Conspiracy to Commit Filing False Documents; Conspiracy to Commit Forgery in the First Degree;  Filing False Documents; and Solicitation of Violation of Oath by a Public Officer.

The former president was not alone in being charged; also named in the indictment was former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows along with former Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, Jenna Ellis, Kenneth Chesebro, Jeff Clark, and John Eastman.

Law professor says indictment "criminalizes challenges to elections"

While Monday's announcement was welcomed by Trump's opponents, critics suggested that it poses a threat to free elections and the rule of law.

They include George Washington Law School professor Jonathan Turley, who told Fox News that the indictment is "excessive" and "dangerous."

"It essentially criminalizes challenges to elections," Turley complained, adding, "There's no sort of limiting principle in this document."

"They are charging things like the president saying publicly, we need to have a recount. Democrats and Republicans challenge these elections routinely," he pointed out.

Previous indictments have not slowed Trump's primary campaign

Meanwhile, The Hill pointed out on Tuesday that Trump's three previous indictments do not appear to have negatively impacted his quest to win the Republican Party's nominations.

"I would say the number of indictments nor does the content of the indictment have any impact on Trump’s polling numbers," Republican strategist Brian Seitchik.

"The only issue that could shake Trump voters away is a piercing of his Teflon armor," Seitchik continued before adding, "If he loses in either Iowa or New Hampshire, I suspect the national numbers would change rapidly."

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