During an interview with Kristen Welker, who is taking over “Meet the Press” on NBC, former President Donald Trump claimed he’s not worried about going to jail — saying instead that he’s “wired differently,” as Welker relayed his sentiment in an early preview of their discussion.
The segment in which Welker shared that claimed perspective from the former president also featured some footage from the discussion in which Trump aggressively pushed back on the more recent allegations he is facing in the classified documents case that relate to an alleged ambition from Trump for the deletion of security footage from Mar-a-Lago. That southern Florida property is where a large number of documents originating in Trump’s time as president were variously recovered. Trump emphasized in his responses to Welker that the footage in question allegedly wasn’t deleted — but that’s not necessarily a clincher, just like the actual classification status of the disputed documents doesn’t control how the case progresses. Obstruction has long been a potentially accompanying issue.
Trump’s public commentary might discredit his claim he’s not actually concerned about eventually spending time in jail. The posts he makes on his alternative social media platform Truth Social at sometimes odd hours reveal desperation.
“THE DEMOCRATS MUST STOP INTERFERING WITH OUR UPCOMING 2024 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. THE WEAPONIZATION & CHEATING MUST STOP. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” he recently posted. He has repeatedly characterized the various criminal charges that he is facing as effectively election interference because of his ongoing presidential campaign, though it’s not so simple. Georgia’s Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who is responsible for one of the criminal cases against the former president, emphasized in a reply to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) that her investigation was already publicly known before Trump announced his 2024 campaign. The same goes for other investigations that have produced criminal charges for the former president.
Incoming @MeetThePress moderator Kristen Welker @kwelkernbc sits down with former President Trump to discuss his legal troubles and the classified documents case related to Mar-a-Lago. pic.twitter.com/c3sg3f4xd2
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) September 15, 2023