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Trump Announces Decision On Attending Future GOP Primary Debates

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Former President Donald Trump has angered some in the Republican Party after he hinted last month he would skip the first GOP primary debate, which will be moderated by Fox News later this week in Milwaukee, Wis.

But he had not spoken about whether he would show up for subsequent debates — until now.

In a post on his Truth Social platform, the 45th president made it clear he has no intention of debating the other Republican candidates.

“New CBS POLL, just out, has me leading the field by ‘legendary’ numbers. TRUMP 62%, 46 Points above DeSanctimonious (who is crashing like an ailing bird!), Ramaswamy 7%, Pence 5%, Scott 3%, Haley 2%, Sloppy Chris Christie 2%, ‘Aida’ Hutchinson 1%,” he wrote on his page.

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“The public knows who I am & what a successful Presidency I had, with Energy Independence, Strong Borders & Military, Biggest EVER Tax & Regulation Cuts, No Inflation, Strongest Economy in History, & much more. I WILL THEREFORE NOT BE DOING THE DEBATES!” he added.

Trump, now facing four indictments as the leading 2024 GOP presidential contender, is planning a cable news blitz as well as a sit-down interview with former Fox News star Tucker Carlson as a counter to the first Republican debate later this month, which Fox is moderating.

Sources close to the Trump campaign have reportedly told CNN that the ex-president and his advisors are engaged in discussions regarding potential counterprogramming strategies to divert attention from the upcoming Fox News debate in Milwaukee.

Meanwhile, former federal prosecutor Jennifer Rodgers said on CNN last week that Willis will probably not get what she wants after the DA set an ambitious goal of going to trial in the case against the former president and 18 others within six months.

“Back in 2022, just last year, [Willis] brought a case against a rapper and several others. What does that tell you about the timing of this case and how quickly or slowly it might be able to come to trial?” CNN anchor Sara Sidner said to the former prosecutor.

“Fani Willis has a lot of experience with RICO throughout her prosecutorial career, so she knows what she’s doing in this regard. But going back to the Young Thug case, it’s still in jury selection. I mean months and months just in jury selection,” she said.

“Picking a jury for the former president and these other high-ranking former officials and lawyers and so on is going to be even more complicated than picking a jury for the Young Thung RICO case so to me that just underscores again that six months is an unrealistic goal to try this thing,” she said.

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In addition, a prominent legal analyst is warning that Willis’ case against Trump may not be the “slam dunk” that liberals think.

CNN legal analyst Elie Honig warned that one main fault with the indictment is that Trump and many of his allies can try to move the trial to federal court, which would take the case out of the heavily liberal county in Georgia.

“The other big issue – and we just said this word – is removal. Get ready for a lot of talk about removal. Mark Meadows is already trying to do this. Donald Trump will try to follow. In a nutshell what this means is, if a federal official gets charged with a state crime that relates to that federal official’s official job duties you can get the case-.”

Honig argued that such duties must be “within the legitimate scope of those jobs,” adding that is “an important qualification. He [Trump and others] can get the case moved over to federal court and then potentially dismissed. So, these are really important motions. Mark Meadows has already done this, Trump is sure to follow.”

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