Nov 29, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Trump says charges against him opened "Pandora's box"

Former U.S. President Donald Trump walks across the field during halftime in the Palmetto Bowl between Clemson and South Carolina at Williams Brice Stadium on November 25, 2023 in Columbia, South Carolina.

Former President Trump walks across the field during halftime in the Palmetto Bowl at Williams Brice Stadium on Nov. 25 in Columbia, South Carolina. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

Former President Trump said Wednesday on Truth Social that the charges issued against him have opened a "Pandora's box."

Why it matters: Trump warned that the charges should be dropped "before it is too late," suggesting he could use the Department of Justice if elected in retaliatory ways.

  • Trump on Wednesday said President Biden should urge prosecutors to stop the proceedings "before it is too late for him and the rest of the Country," per the Truth Social post.
  • "To ALL Democrats, be careful what you wish for," Trump wrote.

The big picture: Trump has repeatedly derided the legal cases against him as politically motivated and has seized on them as part of his campaign for a second presidential term.

  • The former president and GOP frontrunner has sought to delay many of the trial proceedings until after the 2024 election, to potentially avoid penalties.

Zoom in: Trump's immediate focuses if elected are likely to be the Department of Justice, FBI and intelligence community, Axios' Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen reported from the former president's own words and his insiders.

  • He'd be willing to use these agencies against his political enemies, who he feels have unfairly investigated and targeted him, per the insiders and his statements.
  • The former president said in June that he would "appoint a real special prosecutor to go after the most corrupt president in the history of the United States of America, Joe Biden, and the entire Biden crime family," the New York Times reported.

Between the lines: Trump, whose court calendar has overlapped with his presidential campaign, also wrote Wednesday that he has been "forced to campaign from inside a courthouse."

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