Donald Trump spoke out against criminal investigations into him in a lengthy interview Newsmax and continued to push false claims of voter fraud, which were later debunked by the network.
Trump spoke with Newsmax’s Eric Bolling in Bedminster, New Jersey, shortly after being indicted for the third time this year as part of a special counsel jack smiththe federal investigation on January 6, and amid strong speculation that he will be charged soon in Georgia under Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ 2020 election interference investigation.
Trump, the front-runner in the 2024 GOP presidential primary, has denied any wrongdoing in connection with criminal investigations into him and often calls them politically motivated “witch hunts.”
down, Newsweek has compiled some of the key moments from Trump’s Newsmax interview.
Georgia will not accept another indictment
Trump also attacked speculation that he is will be prosecuted for the fourth time this year under Willis’ 2020 Georgia election investigation.
The former president said the people of Georgia would not “stand for it” if he is indicted on allegations that he and his allies tried to overturn the election results, even as they continued to push false claims that the been in 2020.
“I don’t think that the people of Georgia, where I did very well and I won it the first time and I won it, I think, much more the second time, I can also say that about all the elections, I don’t think that endure”, Trump said.
Trump also defended his January 2021 phone call with the Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger during which the former president asked him “find” the 11,780 votes had to win Biden in Georgia, according to an audio recording.
“This is a perfect phone call. A call where I question the election. I tell them that in my opinion the election was rigged. And they say I did something wrong. I didn’t do anything wrong.” , Trump said.
“I think I won this election by many, many votes, many, many hundreds of thousands of votes. That’s what I think, and I expressed it on the phone.”
Eric Bolling 2020 Election Disclaimer
After the Newsmax interview concluded, Trump shook Bolling’s hand and told him the host was “doing a fantastic job.”
Newsmax then cut to Bolling in the studio, who told viewers that the news network does not share the former president’s views that the last election was rigged and that Trump had beaten Joe Biden in 2020.
“Now just a note, Newsmax has done it accepted the election results as legal and final,Bolling said before quickly moving on.
Newsmax, along with fellow conservative news outlets Fox News and One America News Network, have been accused of pushing falsehoods about the results of the 2020 election.
Newsmax is currently being sued by voting machine companies Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic for defamation for spreading misinformation about the results of the 2020 election.
In April, Fox News settled with Dominion for 787.5 million dollars instead heading into what was a long-awaited defamation trial over the network’s false claims suggesting that Dominion Voting Systems helped steal the 2020 presidential election. donald trump using fraudulent voting machines.
“Newsmax believes that the facts at issue in Dominion’s case against us are materially different from what they could have motivated fox to resolve and no conclusion about Newsmax should be drawn from this deal,” the company said in a statement after the Fox News deal. “Newsmax is maintaining its coverage and analysis of the 2020 election and will continue to vigorously defend the claim.”
January 6 Committee ‘Evidence Suppressed’
The former president accused the House select committee that investigated the events leading up to the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, of erasing and destroying evidence that his legal team was seeking as part of the defense of trump
The panel, which gave a series of live presentations detailing its findings in the summer of 2022, recommended in December of that year that the Department of Justice charge Trump with conspiracy to defraud the United States, obstruction of an official proceeding of congressconspiracy to make a false statement and aid an insurrection.
“I tell them, everything was erased and destroyed,” Trump said. “The documents, everything was erased and destroyed. This is a criminal act.”
Trump alleged that the panel, which was disbanded in January 2023 when the GOP took control of the House and, after its work was done, deleted the evidence it obtained because “I didn’t want anybody to see it, because the real answers were there, but they didn’t want to report it.”
Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson, who chaired the Jan. 6 panel, has been reached for comment by email.
GOP Primary Debate Announcement
Trump also hinted that he would soon confirm whether he did intends to participate in the first Republican primary debate in Milwaukee, Wis., on August 23.
Trump has previously said yes no intention of participating in the debate with the other 2024 presidential contenders, as he leads the polls in the crowded field by a substantial margin, and therefore sees no reason for it.
“In the past, you’ve said, ‘It would be stupid to go to this debate, because I’m winning,'” Bolling told Trump. “You’re not going to this debate, are you?”
“I’ll let you know next week,” Trump replied. Asked for clarification, Trump said “he’s already decided, and I’ll announce something next week.”
It’s important to go after “corrupt” Joe Biden.
Trump also accused the president and his family of being “corrupt” while saying the GOP should focus on impeaching Biden over allegations of involvement with his son. Hunter Bidenforeign business deals.
The GOP has long pledged to investigate and initiate impeachment hearings alleged corruption within the Biden family, including the claim that as vice president, Biden used his influence to intervene in his son’s business dealings in Ukraine and China. The allegations have been denied by both White House and Hunter Biden lawyers.
“One of the reasons why [Biden administration] come after me is because the republicans they’re going after them and they’re going after them very, very powerfully,” Trump said.
“But something has to happen. I mean, it’s a massive robbery. It’s extortion. Nobody’s ever seen anything like it. This is the most corrupt human being. This is the most corrupt family. Let these things happen, or it’s only believable..
“I heard from a couple of Republicans, nice people, and they said, ‘Well, we have other things to worry about; we have to do this. We have to do this,'” Trump added.
“What could be more important than that?”
The White House has been reached for comment by email.