AG Garland denies indictments were meant to harm Trump's 2024 election campaign

October 3, 2023

One doesn't have to be a fan of former President Donald Trump to draw a conclusion that he's being politically targeted by his opponent's Department of Justice, especially as he emerges as a frontrunner in both primary and general election polls.

The timing of the indictments has been called into question, and as Breitbart reported, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland recently denied that the indictments were being used as politically timed weapons.

Because, of course, he would say that. It's not as if he would use a 60 Minutes interview to come clean.

"In these case, prosecutors, special counsel — they follow the facts and the law where they lead," Garland replied to CBS News' Scott Pelley. "When they’ve gotten an amount of evidence necessary to make a charging decision and have decided that a charge is warranted, that’s when they bring their cases."

"The investigation itself has determined the timing?" Pelley asked.

"Yes, exactly right," Garland said. Pelley continued, "Your critics say that it’s time to ruin Mr. Trump’s chances in the election."

Garland replied, "Well, that’s absolutely not true. Justice Department prosecutors are non-partisan. They don’t allow partisan considerations to play any role in their determinations."

Trump, many of his allies and many of his supporters -- and legal scholars -- have long believed that the timing of the indictments, which have come as Trump ramps up his 2024 election campaign, are intentionally timed to hamstring his campaign.

However, if that's the case, so far, it has backfired, spectacularly.

Trump has used the indictments to his great advantage, raising tons of campaign cash and gaining momentum with voters around the country, according to virtually all polls.

Regardless, the indictments, four total, including two state and two federal, have eaten into his campaign time and especially his campaign resources. Trump has long argued that the legal woes have cost him time and money on the campaign trail.

Luckily, he still holds a commanding lead over his competition, and has even bested President Joe Biden in new hypothetical 2024 matchup polls.

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