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Former President Donald Trump told right-wing radio host Hugh Hewitt on Thursday that he will have “no ban” on running for president in 2024 if he is convicted in a Justice Department criminal investigation into classified documents, which he claims to be his Mar-a-Lago was taken home. , and that the country will face “big problems” if convicted.

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trump Told Hewitt could not imagine that being “did nothing wrong”, having “did nothing wrong” and threatened that if he were convicted, “there will be problems in this country that we haven’t seen before.” Huh.”

Asked whether those problems included the potential for violent acts, Trump said he was “not inciting violence” and that “the people of this country will not stand to be prosecuted”.

Trump said he has had “very good and positive discussions” with the Justice Department, although officials at the National Archives are not sure whether Trump has returned classified information to the White House, said House Oversight Committee Chair Caroline Maloney (Dn. Tuesday

Trump reiterated his claim that he declassified documents taken at Mar-a-Lago, a claim not made by his lawyers, which counters Justice Department allegations in court filings that Mar-a-Lago Classified documents were being held in Lagoo.

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The Justice Department is investigating whether Trump violated federal laws, including the Espionage Act, after an FBI raid of his Florida home in Mar-a-Lago last month uncovered 33 boxes of White House records Were. They returned more than 15 boxes of records in January; However, an informant reported to the FBI months later that there were more documents. Earlier this month, a federal judge approved Trump's request for a special master, blocking the DOJ's review of the documents.

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President Joe Biden's approval, meanwhile, has risen 9 percentage points to 45% in the past two months, the highest since April, according to an AP/NORC poll released Thursday, including slashing gas prices. After major political victories. Passage of Inflation Reduction Act. Biden has repeatedly said he plans to run in 2024, although First Lady Jill Biden said this week she has not discussed re-election. recent ElectionShows, however, show that most Americans don't want Biden or Trump to run in 2024.

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