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Donald Trump Fears Prosecution And Prison, Report Says

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Jul. 18 2022, Published 12:12 p.m. ET

That former President Donald Trump wants to run for the White House again is no secret, and he may even have a shot at winning if Joe Biden's approval rating doesn't improve.

For the time being, most polls show Trump would easily win the Republican presidential nomination and suggest the race between him and Biden would be a coin flip.

But according to a new report, Trump has another very good reason to run for the presidency.

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Running Away From Law

Citing individuals familiar with Trump's thinking, Rolling Stone reported that it is only a matter of time before the former president officially declares his candidacy.

But Trump is not simply running for another term in the White House -- he is also running away from the law, according to people who spoke to the magazine.

One person said that Trump has "spoken about how when you are the president of the United States, it is tough for politically motivated prosecutors to ‘get to you."

Fear Of Prison

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The same person stressed that Trump is actually concerned he could get prosecuted, or even end up in prison.

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He says when [not if] he is president again, a new Republican administration will put a stop to the [Justice Department] investigation that he views as the Biden administration working to hit him with criminal charges -- or even put him and his people in prison.

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Three other individuals confirmed this to Rolling Stone, saying that Trump spends a lot of time thinking about "the legal protections of the executive branch" as he fears possible prosecution and imprisonment.

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When Will Trump Announce His Campaign?

Trump has reportedly told confidants he wants to announce his 2024 campaign soon.

But some Republicans allegedly want him to wait until after the 2022 midterm elections, which will take place in November.

GOP leaders apparently fear Trump announcing before the midterms would turn the elections into a referendum on him, instead of a referendum on Biden and Democrats' policies.

Biden's approval rating has plunged, and Republicans seem poised to sweep the midterms.

Trump Confident He'll Win

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In a recent interview with New York Magazine, Trump appeared confident in his ability to beat Biden, though he refused to explicitly confirm he's running.

"Look. I feel very confident that, if I decide to run, I’ll win," the former president said, noting he has already made a decision on launching a White House bid.

"Well, in my own mind, I’ve already made that decision, so nothing factors in anymore. In my own mind, I’ve already made that decision," he explained.

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