The former US President is expected to announce he will be running for the presidency in 2024. But John Bolton has claimed Donald Trump “fears losing”. Speaking in a pre-recorded interview on Peston, which airs on Twitter at 9pm and ITV at 10.45pm, Mr Bolton, asked if he thinks Donald Trump will return as a presidential candidate in 2024, he said: “I’ll go further than that – I don’t think Trump will run for the presidency in 2024.
“I think he knows deep inside although he’ll never admit it, he did lose in 2020 and he very much fears losing in 2024 because if he hates anything in the world, he hates being called a loser. And the last thing he wants is to go into history as having lost these last elections.
“Now I think he will talk about running incessantly until the very last moment because if he were ever to say he was not going to be a candidate, it would turn the spotlight off, and he doesn’t like that either.
“So I think he’ll talk about it a lot, ultimately he may try to be a kingmaker in the Republican nomination process – we’ll see how that goes.
“But I will make a firm prediction for you – he will not run in 2024.”
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It comes as the US House of Representatives committee investigating the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol can access former President Donald Trump’s White House records, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday in a clear win for congressional oversight powers.
US District Judge Tanya Chutkan in the District of Columbia rejected an argument by Trump’s lawyers that telephone records, visitor logs and other White House documents should be hidden from the committee.
“While broad, these requests, and each of the other requests made by the Committee, do not exceed the Committee’s legislative powers,” Chutkan said in her decision.
Trump had argued that the materials requested by the House committee were covered by a legal doctrine known as executive privilege.
“That’s a big deal,” U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House of Representatives select committee, said in an interview on CNN. “I look forward to getting this information. I look forward to our investigators going through it with a fine-tooth comb to make sure that our government was not weaponized against its citizens.”
Chutkan said Trump had not acknowledged “the deference owed to” President Joe Biden’s determination that the committee could access the materials.
“His (Trump’s) position that he may override the express will of the executive branch appears to be premised on the notion that his executive power `exists in perpetuity,'” Chutkan said. “But Presidents are not kings, and Plaintiff is not President.”
Trump gave an incendiary speech before the assault on the Capitol, repeating his false claims that the November 2020 election was stolen from him through widespread voting fraud and urging his supporters to go to the Capitol and “fight like hell” to “stop the steal.”