January 10, 2024

Trump Claims Biden Would Be 'Ripe' for Indictment if He Loses Immunity Battle

Former President Donald Trump asserted on Tuesday, following an appeals court hearing, that if denied immunity from prosecution, President Joe Biden would be "ripe for indictment."

The hearing before the DC Circuit Court of Appeals revolved around whether Trump could be criminally prosecuted for his alleged involvement in attempting to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

Trump argued that, as the President of the United States and Commander-in-Chief, he was entitled to immunity. He emphasized that he was not campaigning but rather investigating voter fraud, a task mandated under his role. Trump claimed to have discovered significant voter fraud in the 2020 election, with volumes of information supporting his assertion.

"If I don’t get immunity, then Crooked Joe Biden doesn’t get immunity," Trump declared, suggesting that Biden would be susceptible to indictment. Trump asserted that he had not engaged in actions similar to Biden's and had effectively run the country.

Trump contended that the criminal investigation against him had opened a significant Pandora's box that could later implicate Biden.

He claimed that the indictments were influenced by Biden, who directed the Department of Justice to pursue them as a strategy to improve his poor polling numbers.

"They’re all Biden indictments," Trump remarked, asserting that these actions were orchestrated by Biden to bolster his chances in the polls.

Former President Trump's legal team has petitioned a judge to hold special counsel Jack Smith and his prosecution team in contempt, contending that they should also face fines.

This request follows the suspension of activity in the election interference case while Trump appeals a decision by U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan, who rejected his assertion of immunity from prosecution based on his previous presidential role.

In December, Judge Chutkan issued an order that "stays any further proceedings that would move this case towards trial or impose additional burdens of litigation on Defendant."

The conflict continues as Trump seeks to win the GOP nomination in a potential rematch with President Joe Biden in January.

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