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Donald Trump can still run for president despite federal charges

Even though former President Donald Trump currently faces three indictments, two federal and one in New York. There is nothing written into law that can stop him from running or disqualify him from winning the presidency. If you’re wondering why Trump is still able to run in the 2024 election, the answer is quite simple. Read more: Full Trump indictment in 2020 election and Jan. 6 probe“To be indicted is to be charged with something. It does not mean you’ve been convicted. And so, he can continue to run for president,” KOAT Political Analyst Brian Sanderoff said. Trump is the first ex-U.S. president to face federal indictments and his trial will likely take some time to get started. “Things like this tend to drag on in federal courts. So we’d have to wait and see if even a trial would occur prior to the election,” Sanderoff said. According to the most recent New York Times poll, 54% of Republican voters would vote for Trump if the election was today. “Donald Trump’s base is behind him 100%,” Sanderoff said. The latest: Political headlines from KOAT Action 7 News But what happens if Trump wins the presidency? “There’s a lot of discussion about whether if Trump is elected, he would pardon himself or if another Republican is elected, would they pardon Trump. Those things could happen, but only as it relates to the federal charges, not the state charges,” KOAT Legal Expert John Day said. Day explains how Trump’s indictment in New York and possible future indictment in Georgia could be pardoned. “A governor in the states where these charges are pending would have to pardon. For example, we know in Georgia there’s a Republican governor sitting in Georgia, if he’s convicted on Georgia state charges, that’s certainly a possibility that people are raising now as these cases move forward,” Day said. Related: How New Mexico’s fake electors could have a role in former President Trump’s indictment Even if convicted, Trump can still be president. “There’s nothing in federal law that prevents Donald Trump from serving as president if he’s convicted on any federal criminal count. Same goes for state charges,” Day said. Despite the fact Trump could theoretically run the nation behind bars, Sanderoff said Congress can still try to impeach him. The state of Georgia is expected to announce whether they will indict the former president in the coming days. Stay updated on the latest from the Roundhouse in Santa Fe and from Washington with updates on the KOAT app. You can download it here.

Even though former President Donald Trump currently faces three indictments, two federal and one in New York.

There is nothing written into law that can stop him from running or disqualify him from winning the presidency.

If you’re wondering why Trump is still able to run in the 2024 election, the answer is quite simple.

Read more: Full Trump indictment in 2020 election and Jan. 6 probe

“To be indicted is to be charged with something. It does not mean you’ve been convicted. And so, he can continue to run for president,” KOAT Political Analyst Brian Sanderoff said.

Trump is the first ex-U.S. president to face federal indictments and his trial will likely take some time to get started.

“Things like this tend to drag on in federal courts. So we’d have to wait and see if even a trial would occur prior to the election,” Sanderoff said.

According to the most recent New York Times poll, 54% of Republican voters would vote for Trump if the election was today.

“Donald Trump’s base is behind him 100%,” Sanderoff said.

The latest: Political headlines from KOAT Action 7 News

But what happens if Trump wins the presidency?

“There’s a lot of discussion about whether if Trump is elected, he would pardon himself or if another Republican is elected, would they pardon Trump. Those things could happen, but only as it relates to the federal charges, not the state charges,” KOAT Legal Expert John Day said.

Day explains how Trump’s indictment in New York and possible future indictment in Georgia could be pardoned.

“A governor in the states where these charges are pending would have to pardon. For example, we know in Georgia there’s a Republican governor sitting in Georgia, if he’s convicted on Georgia state charges, that’s certainly a possibility that people are raising now as these cases move forward,” Day said.

Related: How New Mexico’s fake electors could have a role in former President Trump’s indictment

Even if convicted, Trump can still be president.

“There’s nothing in federal law that prevents Donald Trump from serving as president if he’s convicted on any federal criminal count. Same goes for state charges,” Day said.

Despite the fact Trump could theoretically run the nation behind bars, Sanderoff said Congress can still try to impeach him.

The state of Georgia is expected to announce whether they will indict the former president in the coming days.

Stay updated on the latest from the Roundhouse in Santa Fe and from Washington with updates on the KOAT app. You can download it here.

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