Senator Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana) reportedly told CNN anchor Kasie Hunt that Special Counsel Jack Smith has a “slam dunk” case against ex-President Donald Trump, and he cautioned that his party could wind up with a nominee “who has been convicted of a crime.”
A superseding indictment by Special Counsel Jack Smith on three additional charges against Trump (one additional count of unlawful retention of National Defense Information and two new obstruction counts), another Smith indictment for his attempt to rig the 2020 presidential election, and the 37 counts resulting from Special Counsel Smith’s investigation into Trump’s retention of classified documents under the Espionage Act are all pending against him.
Hunt questioned Cassidy on Sunday’s State of the Union episode of CNN about the Jan. 6 case, but Cassidy singled out the papers investigation as a “slam dunk” and suggested that Trump should resign.
There’s 91 charges, I think. I think the charge that seems most likely — I mean, seems almost a slam dunk, is the one related to mishandling of classified documents. So — so, I can’t comment on the rest of them, because, apparently, you have to prove state of mind. You will have attorneys after me that can comment on that…” Cassidy said.
“I think Joe Biden needs to be replaced, but I don’t think Americans will vote for someone who’s been convicted. So, I’m just very sorry about how all this is playing out.” he continued later in the interview.
Hunt then asked Cassidy whether he believed Trump should drop out of the race due to his legal troubles, to which Cassidy responded, concluding the exchange:
“I think so. But, obviously, that’s up to him. I mean, you’re just asking me my opinion. But he will lose to Joe Biden, if you look at the current polls. I’m a Republican. I think any Republican on that stage in Milwaukee will do a better job than Joe Biden. And so I want one of them to win. If former President Trump ends up getting the nomination, but cannot win a general, that means we will have four more years of policies which have led to very high inflation, to a loss of purchasing power for the average American equivalent to $10,000, and to many other things which I think have been deleterious to our country’s future.”