In another sign of his penchant for defying the odds, Trump's poll numbers have risen every time he is impeached, raising concerns among Democrats that trying to block him from running might do more harm than good.
“I have very strong reservations about all of this,” David Axelrod, a former Obama administration adviser, told CNN after Maine's decision last week.
“I think it will tear the country apart if he is actually prevented from running because tens of millions of people want to vote for him.”
Trump's rivals also weighed in, with Haley, Christie and DeSantis agreeing that he should have the right to run against them for the Republican nomination.
Trump filed his appeal with Kennebec Superior Court in Maine on Tuesday (local time), five days after Democratic Secretary of State Sheena Bellows said his name should not be on the ballot due to his actions surrounding the attack on the US Capitol in January. 6, 2021.
And in a sign of a potentially chaotic election season, one day after the Maine decision, so was Bellows
She was “crushed” by the police being faked sent to her home.
She became the latest elected politician to become the target of a “swatting”, or making a phone call to emergency services with the aim of a large number of first responders showing up at a home.
Trump is not the only person facing court this year as the US elections begin.
Also on Tuesday, Democratic Senator Bob Menendez — who pleaded not guilty last year to an alleged scheme that involved receiving bribes in exchange for helping the Egyptian government with military aid — faced additional allegations of wrongdoing, this time related to his dealings with Qatar.
In a supplemental indictment by a federal grand jury, Menendez, one of AUKUS' most prominent allies in the US Congress, was accused of making positive comments about Qatar in exchange for items of value, including luxury watches worth between $10 and $10. From 000 to 24000 dollars.
He was a member of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee at the time.
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden's son Hunter also faces the possibility of prosecution on tax evasion charges, which could present a major political headache as his father seeks re-election in November.
In an indictment filed in a California district court last month, prosecutors alleged that Hunter Biden “engaged in a four-year scheme to fail to pay at least $1.4 million in self-assessed federal taxes owed for the tax years 2016 through 2019.”
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