President Donald Trump has promised his supporters that he will “never” drop out of the 2024 presidential election, no matter what the Democrats throw at him.
Trump vowed that he will stay in the race even if Democrat President Joe Biden’s weaponized Department of Justice (DOJ) convicts him of criminal charges.
The 45th president’s pledge comes after a federal grand jury in the Southern District of Florida returned a 49-page indictment against him.
The Biden DOJ is pushing to charge Trump with 37 criminal counts over his alleged handling of classified documents.
31 of those counts are for the willful retention of national defense information.
Other counts include conspiracy to obstruct justice, corruptly concealing documents or records, and making false statements.
“I’ll never leave,” Trump told Politico in an interview.
“Look, if I would have left, I would have left prior to the original race in 2016.
“That was a rough one. In theory that was not doable.”
Trump said that he believes he will not be convicted and does not plan on taking a plea deal.
Instead, Trump says he believes that he might get a deal “where they pay me some damages.”
No trial date has been set but the case has been assigned to a Trump favorite – U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon.
Trump appointed Cannon to the Southern District of Florida bench in 2020.
Trump is scheduled to appear before Cannon on Tuesday.
Special Counsel Jack Smith said during a press conference on Friday that the former president will get “a speedy trial on this matter, consistent with the public interest and the rights of the accused.”
Even with a speedy trial, Trump’s unprecedented legal challenges are sure to affect his bid for another term in the White House.
Democrat prosecutors have been scrambling to launch get-Trump cases against the 2024 election frontrunner.
Trump also faces a separate federal criminal investigation from Smith over his alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
Soros-funded Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is also pursuing a criminal investigation into Trump in Georgia over the same matter.