Some allies believe Donald Trump may prefer being the former president than shouldering the burden of serving another term as chief executive.
Vanity Fair reporter David Drucker, author of "In Trump's Shadow," told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that some of the twice-impeached one-term president's associates doubt that he'll mount another campaign for the White House in 2024.
"Part of it has to do with how weak he perceives [President] Joe Biden and the Democratic Party," Drucker said. "I think part of it has to do with whether or not he wants to be president again. One of the Trump allies that I spoke with for the book told me that it may turn out that Donald Trump likes being an ex-president more than he liked being president because there are trappings with both. But when you're an ex-president all the trappings are good, and there's no downside."
"So I think that he's very serious about running a third time, I don't think it's something he's just making up for effect, but I don't think it's a decision he's actually made," Drucker added. "If he perceives Joe Biden or Joe Biden's purported successor and the Democratic Party overall to be stronger, I think the probability of a Trump presidential campaign in 2024 decreases."
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Insurrectionist wore cap he stole from Capitol cop while 'boasting' about attack on his YouTube channel: report
According to three witnesses who spoke with FBI, a man who attended the Capitol riot on Jan 6th contacted friends just hours after participating in the attempted insurrection and showed off souvenirs he took during the assault -- including items he took from Capitol cops while he scuffled with them.
Darrell Neely, who runs an online conservative radio station called Global Enlightenment Radio Network, was taken into custody on Monday and is currently facing multiple federal counts including, theft of government property, entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct in a restricted building and a Capitol building and demonstrating at a Capitol building.
According to the WaPo's Jaclyn Peiser, Neely displayed " ... four china plates, a baseball cap, and a jacket with a silver badge on the front and white letters on the back," during his chat with his friends and later went as far as to appear on his YouTube channel wearing the cap he reportedly snatched from the law enforcement officer's head.
The report notes, "The FBI first became aware of Neely's activity at the Capitol on Jan. 9, when investigators received a tip from someone claiming Neely had entered the building. Agents soon identified him through video footage that showed him in the Capitol while appearing 'to be holding a marijuana cigarette,' court documents state. He was also captured leaving the building while holding a cellphone."
According to charging documents, "Witness 1 said during the first call, a portion of which was on video, Neely entered the Capitol and narrated what he was seeing, according to court documents. The second video call was around 5:30 p.m., Witness 1 said, as Neely left Capitol grounds. Witness 2 recalled Neely telling them that he 'acquired a jacket as a souvenir,' according to court documents. Witness 1 added that Neely claimed the jacket belonged to a Capitol Police officer."
Peiser's report adds, "In the days after the Capitol riot, Neely spoke about his experience at the insurrection, the FBI said. Investigators watched several of his broadcasts and noted that Neely wore a Capitol Police baseball cap in some of the videos."
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REVEALED: ‘Fascinating’ detail about Mike Pence’s behind-the-scenes effort to stop Trump from stealing the election
The author of a new book about Donald Trump and the Republican Party revealed a "fascinating" detail he learned about vice president Mike Pence's actions ahead of the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Vanity Fair reporter David Drucker, author of the newly published book "In Trump's Shadow," told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that Pence had decided that he would not help Trump overturn the election and wanted to prevent a future president from attempting the same gambit.
"The other fascinating thing for me that I learned, part of what Mike Pence set out to do when he insisted to Donald Trump that he wasn't going to throw the election, as was being requested -- and it's almost strange that we talk about it so glibly because it was such a momentous event -- is he wanted a paper trail so that if future presidents got the same idea they would already understand as a matter of constitutional law, and I use the word precedent loosely, but there was a roadmap laid out that this had been investigated and determined under the law to be something you couldn't do," Drucker said.
"We all take it for granted that the founders didn't put into the Constitution this weird back door that the vice president had the power all along to choose who won the election even if they didn't like who actually won," he added. "Mike Pence always found that preposterous, but he wanted to leave a paper trail so he had his attorney in the vice president's office research this and lay it out, not just so he could say to other Republicans, 'Look, I did my best, I tried,' because that's not what he was doing. He wanted it on paper that this was as preposterous as it sounds, and the next time somebody tried it, people could pull up these documents and say, 'Look, we've already looked into this, it doesn't work.'"
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