Reporter Andrew Feinberg writes in The Independent that Donald Trump is teasing another run for the White House in 2024 at least in part to stave off any criminal indictments, according to sources close to the former president.
According to reporting by Axios, Trump is laying the groundwork to keep the Party of Lincoln under his thumb for the foreseeable future, beginning with a Sunday “show of force” address to the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC.)
In a phone interview, a source close to the former president largely confirmed Monday’s report, calling Trump’s upcoming speech a “display of dominance” in which he’ll reclaim his status as the ultimate outsider and remind the GOP of his kingmaker status, all while going on the attack against enemies old and new, real and perceived.
Trump’s plans, they said, are largely driven by his desire for revenge against Republican members of Congress who have either voted to impeach or remove him from office, publicly criticized him, or given aid and comfort to those who’ve done either. They added that the former president also wants to recast himself as a “once and future president” by teasing a 2024 run.
According to several former aides and confidantes, Trump will be driven to at least continue to tease a 2024 run because it will enable him to claim that any moves to prosecute him by state or federal prosecutors is nothing more than an attempt to keep him from reclaiming the presidency.
Feinberg noted that Manhattan Attorney General Cyrus Vance, who is investigating Trump for potential tax and insurance fraud, will now have access to Trump’s tax returns, after Monday’s news that “the Supreme Court would not hear a final appeal by Trump’s attorneys, who had sought to keep his financial records from a grand jury’s critical eyes.”
Last week, The New York Times reported that his office had brought on a veteran ex-prosecutor, Mark Pomerantz, as a special assistant district attorney to assist in examining the Trump Organization’s finances. The former federal prosecutor and one-time Supreme Court clerk, who once oversaw major securities fraud and organized crime prosecutions of Gambino crime family boss John Gotti, augments a team that already includes some of the top forensic accountants in New York.
Glenn Kirschner, a former Assistant US Attorney in the District of Columbia who oversaw multiple racketeering cases during his tenure there, called the personnel moves “a sure sign that [Vance] is headed toward indicting Trump”.
“I don’t think Cy Vance would have spent considerable state resources to hire expert forensic accountants unless he was moving toward indictment and trial,” he said.
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