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Former President Donald Trump on Friday called on the Supreme Court to “intercede” in his mounting legal battles.
Trump excoriated his political enemies on social media one day after he pleaded not guilty to federal changes in special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into the January 6 Capitol riot and 2020 election interference.
“CRAZY! My political opponent has hit me with a barrage of weak lawsuits, including D.A., A.G., and others, which require massive amounts of my time & money to adjudicate,” Trump wrote in a post on his Truth Social platform Friday morning.
Trump added that resources that could have gone to advertisements and rallies will now have to be spent fighting the “Radical Left Thugs” in courts across the country.
“I am leading in all Polls, including against Crooked Joe, but this is not a level playing field,” Trump said.
Trump lobbed the election interference accusation back at his political opponents and said the high court must intervene.
“It is Election Interference, & the Supreme Court must intercede. MAGA!” Trump wrote.
Trump was indicted on Tuesday and appeared in court in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to plead not guilty to the charges accusing him of attempting to undermine democracy by trying to overturn the 2020 election.
The former president is facing four charges, conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstructing an official proceeding, and conspiracy against the right to vote and to have one’s vote counted.
Trump has faced two other indictments in the past several months. He is facing 34 charges of falsifying business records related to alleged hush-money payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels. Trump is also facing 40 charges related to his handling of sensitive documents after he left office, a case also being prosecuted by Smith. In addition, Trump is facing civil litigation.
While it is possible Trump’s cases could end up in front of the Supreme Court, this would not likely happen until the cases have progressed much further.
Some legal critics said they believe the election interference case against the former president has significant legal problems.
Legal scholar Jonathan Turley called parts of the indictment “jarring.”
“It said [Trump] was spreading falsehoods, that [he] was undermining integrity of the election — that is all part of the First Amendment,” Turley said. “And I think that courts will look skeptically.”
Andrew McCarthy, a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said he believes the charges have “significant legal problems, and that’s even before you get to the complex problems of trying to prove Trump’s intent.”
President Joe Biden has said that Americans can trust the independent Justice Department as it investigates Trump.
“I have never once, not one single time, suggested to the Justice Department what they should do or not do relative to bringing a charge or not bringing a charge,” Biden said in June.
Special counsel Smith in June emphasized the “scope and the gravity” of the classified documents case. Attorney General Merrick Garland defended the Justice Department’s investigation as well, saying Smith, as well as the prosecutors and agents involved, are committed to “integrity and the rule of law.”