Mr. Trump witnesses a comeback and faces legal and political headwinds

Conroe, Texas (AP) — A fellow player introduced Donald Trump as the “45th President of the United States” while preparing to tee off at one of Florida’s golf courses.

“45th and 47th” Trump responded, of course, before hitting the drive.

The moment of ups and downs of the link captured in the video of the unstable cell phone reminded him that the former president often had another president’s run in his mind. However, the Declaration believed in the growing challenges he faced as a series of complex legal investigations trapped Trump, his family, and many of his peers.

Investigations that have been deployed in multiple jurisdictions and take into account everything from potential fraud and election intervention to the role he played in the January 6 riots have been in the decades of Trump’s proceedings. It represents the most serious legal threat faced in public life. As a new poll from the Associated Press, they are intensifying-NORC Public Relations Center has discovered that Trump’s iron grip on the Republicans may have begun to loosen.

His popularity among Republicans has declined slightly, with 71% in favor of Trump, compared to 78% in the September 2020 AP-NORC / USA Facts poll. It states that it is. However, new polls show that a small percentage (56%) of Republicans want to run for president in 2024.

Despite the headwinds of law and politics, people around Trump describe him as invincible and recover from a catastrophic turn involving two impeachments that would have ended the careers of other politicians. I was bolded by the invincible feeling that made it possible. He has been working hard before and continues to tease the comeback run for the president.

“He’s fine,” said Darrell Scott, an Ohio minister and Trump ally who met the president earlier this week.

This week, Trump flocked with top Florida aides to plan a medium-term strategy that could be the starting point for future efforts. He will hold another campaign-style rally in Texas on Saturday prior to the March 1 election in the state, which officially launches the midterm primary.

Trump’s representative did not respond to requests for comment on the investigation or polling. Primarily in right-wing media interviews and appearances, he often boasts his support record as he pledges allegiance to the party’s vision and aims to reward candidates who parrot election lies. I am.

However, his efforts to freeze the Republican field targeting the field in 2024 were uneven. Some people, including former Vice President Mike Pence and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have so far refused to make speeches or travel to major states suggesting they are strongly considering the campaign. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is also considered another candidate for nomination, and was one of his greatest regrets as governor when Trump recently urged Americans to stay home early in the COVID pandemic. A virus epidemic that attracted attention when one said it wasn’t pushed back.

When Trump tries to move forward, so does the proceeding against him.

Georgia Judge on Monday Approve the request of a special grand jury According to Fulton County prosecutor, who is investigating whether Trump and his colleagues broke the law in an attempt to pressure Georgian authorities to abandon President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 elections.Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis Her office said The election received “reasonable potential” information that “possibly criminal confusion.”

In New York, State Attorney General Letitia James claimed Submission to court Last week, her office revealed evidence that Trump’s company used “fraudulent or misleading” valuations of golf clubs, skyscrapers and other assets to secure loans and tax incentives. Did. Her lawyer said she did not decide whether to file a proceeding in connection with the allegations, but the documents filed with the IRS exaggerated the value of the land donations made in New York and California, and Trump’s Manhattan Penthouse. Among other misleading assessments that revealed that they misreported the size of the.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is also conducting a criminal investigation in parallel with James’ office, resulting in Trump’s company Trump Organization and its longtime financial officer Allen Weisselberg last summer. Was indicted.

Meanwhile, in Washington, a January 6 committee investigating violent riots interviewed hundreds of witnesses, issued dozens of summons, and texts and electronic texts from people near Trump. I got tens of thousands of pages of records, including email and phone records. Thousands of pages of records in the White House record Trump’s fight to protect him from public visibility. Among them is a draft presidential directive proposing to use Pentagon assets to seize voting machines, said Commission Chairman Bennie Thompson.

Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Justice Said this week Prosecutors have sent fake certificates to the National Archives with a slate composed of electors who mistakenly declared Trump the winner in seven states lost as part of a desperate campaign to overturn voters’ will. I’m investigating.Attorney General Merrick Garland Said The Department of Justice said, “All perpetrators of January 6 were at all levels, regardless of whether they were present that day or were otherwise criminally liable for the assault on our democracy. We continue to work on “taking responsibility under”.

As president, Trump was largely protected from legal consequences. But no longer.

David Waynestein, a former federal prosecutor in Miami, said that Trump’s legal issues have been largely “monetary” and are required to be paid in various proceedings. Stated. But he said that what Trump is currently facing, especially in Georgia and Washington, is “more important because they can be subject to criminal penalties.”

“If they can prove their intent, knowledge, and involvement in an ongoing plot, it’s a potential criminal exposure, something he’s never faced before,” he said.

But those who worked with Trump wiped out the investigation, as he and the people around him were merely “witch hunts” of political motives aimed at undermining his future political outlook. He said he was likely to continue. From Russian surveys to inquiries about everything from Washington hotel debt to payments to former pornstars, after years of jumping from one crisis to the next, it’s being investigated at Trump World. Is normal.

For many in his circle, “it’s a badge of honor to be summoned,” said Stephanie Grisham, a former White House spokesman who has written anti-Trump books since resigning on January 6. rice field.

“It’s easy to say,’It’s just a witch hunt,’ because that’s what we said about everything,” she said. “People are doubling. That’s what they’re doing at TrumpWorld, doubling. And you claim it’s a witch hunt, it’s a political theater, and it’s It’s a way for you to keep donating money to your supporters and keep believing they are on the good side. “

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Washington Associated Press author Hannah Fingerhat contributed to this report.