Nikki Haley wants Trump's legal issues 'dealt with' before general election

 March 2, 2024

Former President Donald Trump's only remaining GOP presidential opponent, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, recently weighed in on Trump's pending legal cases.

Haley, who's lost to Trump -- by massive margins -- in every GOP primary held so far, wants all of his legal cases to be "dealt with" before the November election.

In a recent interview with NBC's Meet the Press, Haley opened up about how she feels about Trump's legal issues, of which there remain many.

"I think all of the cases should be dealt with before November," Haley told moderator Kristen Welker during a Falls Church, Virginia, interview.

She added, "We need to know what's going to happen before it, before the presidency happens, because after that, should he become president, I don't think any of it's going to get heard."

Her comments just happened to come a day after the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would decide the president's immunity claim, which was a major blow to Special Counsel Jack Smith's case in the sense that it will delay the trial much further into the future, possibly past the election.

The former South Carolina governor also weighed in on the high court's announcement.

"I just think a president has to live according to the laws, too. You don’t get complete immunity," Haley said. She insisted that presidents shouldn't have "free rein to do whatever they want to do."

Haley, during the course of her presidential campaign, has relied heavily on mocking Trump and Biden for their ages, which clearly hasn't worked out well for her, given her string of embarrassing defeats in the primaries, including in her home state of South Carolina.

But that didn't stop her from continuing the same attack line during the interview as she was asked about Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's recent announcement indicating he will step down from Senate leadership in November.

"I really commend him for realizing that we need a new generational leader. I wish that our presidential candidates would do the same thing," Haley said.

In the wake of her primary defeats, Haley lost one of her biggest donor resources, and many do not believe she'll be able to go past Super Tuesday, both mathematically and financially speaking.

Only time will tell when she decides to drop out.