Former President Donald Trump has been indicted three times over the past few months and is facing a fourth indictment in Fulton County, Georgia, as his legal woes mount.
He has often said if he would simply back out of the 2024 race the indictments would go away, though that’s far from clear. But he’s not going to simply back down, and he made a definitive statement on Saturday regarding accepting any plea deals.
In a word, no.
“Is there any chance you take a plea deal in Georgia?” a reporter asked Trump at the Iowa State Fair, Mediaite reported.
“We did nothing wrong. We don’t ever take a plea deal. We don’t take plea deals. It’s a wise guy question. You’re just a wise guy,” Trump responded.
“We don’t take plea deals because I did nothing wrong. It’s called election interference,” he said.
“Because these indictments are going out by Biden. Who can’t even put two sentences together. This is Joe Biden. Because he can’t win the election by himself. He can’t win the election based on votes. So what they did is they got the attorney general to do it. And then you see how stupid they acted yesterday with the appointment of the special counsel. They call it special counsel. And what a crazy thing that was. And it’s being laughed at all over the world,” he said.
“The fact is that we have a country that’s in serious trouble. We have a country that’s in major decline. I don’t mean decline, I mean major decline. And we’re going to straighten it out. This group and a lot of people just like this group. We’re going to straighten it out, and we’re going to make America great again. Wise guy,” he said.
Reports in recent weeks have indicated that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is preparing to indict Trump on charges of election interference in the state following his 2020 loss in Georgia.
Trump also faces charges in Manhattan, as well as federal charges related to events on Jan. 6, 2021, and his retention of classified documents.