The former president of USA donald trump said he dismissed the opinions of his own lawyers as he continued to challenge his 2020 loss because he didn’t respect them, saying in an interview aired Sunday that he had gotten the idea that the election had been “rigged”a false claim he continues to make.
Trump, the favorite for the Republican nomination to face Democratic President Joe Biden in the 2024 election, now faces four concurrent criminal proceedings, including two related to his attempts to overturn his 2020 loss to Biden.
“It was my decision”Trump told the program “Meet the Press” of NBC, that the elections were “rigged” against him, adding that he relied heavily on his own “instincts” to reach that conclusion.
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Trump has continued to falsely claim that the election was stolen from him through widespread voter fraud.
Asked why he dismissed the opinion of White House lawyers and his campaign that he had lost the election, Trump responded: “because I didn’t respect them”.
Trump singled out former US Attorney General William Barr, who told him he had lost the election, as one of the lawyers whose advice he did not follow.
“I heard some people”Trump said. “Guys like Bill Barr, who was a tough guy, but he wasn’t there at the time. But he didn’t do his job because he was afraid.”
Trump has pleaded not guilty in all four criminal cases, including a federal prosecution in Washington and an indictment in the state of Georgia involving his attempts to recruit a list of fake electors for congressional certification of the election results. 2020.
His comments Sunday could undermine one of his potential legal defenses: that he relied on the advice of his lawyers to continue challenging his defeat. US courts dismissed dozens of legal challenges from the Trump campaign and his allies following the November 2020 election.
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