Apr 4, 2023
Trump Makes Statement From Mar-a-Lago Following NY Arraignment Transcript
Former President Donald Trump makes a statement to the media after returning to Mar-a-Lago from New York on Tuesday, where he pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records. Read the transcript here.
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Donald Trump (00:54):
Thank you very much everybody, and we have to save our country. God bless you all. God bless you all, and I never thought anything like this could happen in America. I never thought it could happen. The only crime that I have committed is to fearlessly defend our nation from those who seek to destroy it. From the beginning, the Democrats spied in my campaign, remember that? They attacked me with an onslaught of fraudulent investigations. Russia, Russia, Russia. Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine. Impeachment hoax number one. Impeachment hoax number two, the illegal and unconstitutional raid on Mar-a-Lago right here. The lying to the Pfizer courts. The FBI and DOJ relentlessly pursuing Republicans. The unconstitutional changes to election laws by not getting approvals from state legislators.
The millions of votes illegally stuffed into ballot boxes and all caught on government cameras. And just recently, the FBI and DOJ in collusion with Twitter and Facebook in order not to say anything bad about the Hunter Biden laptop from hell, which exposes the Biden family as criminals in which according to the pollsters, would’ve made a 17 point difference in the election result, and we needed a lot less than that, like about 16.9. It would’ve been in our favor, not my favor, our favor because our country is going to hell. Now, we remember the 51 intelligence agents who said Hunter Biden’s laptop was Russian disinformation. It didn’t exist, it was Russian disinformation. Remember that? That was all confirmed strongly by the FBI when they all knew that it wasn’t Russian disinformation and so much more.
Our elections were like those of a Third World country and now, this massive election interference at a scale, never seen before in our country. Beginning with the radical left to George Soros backed prosecutor Alvin Bragg of New York, who campaigned on the fact that he would get President Trump. “I’m going to get him, I’m going to get him.” This is a guy campaigning. He want to get President Trump at any cost and this, before he knew anything about me, didn’t know a thing about me. He was campaigning. As it turns out, virtually, everybody that has looked at this case, including RINOs and even hardcore Democrats say there is no crime and that it should never have been brought, never have been brought, everybody. Even people that aren’t big fans have said it.
They said, “This is not the right thing to do. It’s an insult to our country as the world is already laughing at us for so many other reasons like our open borders are incompetent.” Withdrawal from Afghanistan where we are left behind American citizens, 85 billion dollars worth of the best military equipment in the world, lost 13 magnificent young lives and far too many to mention that are so badly hurt with the loss of arms and legs and facial obliteration. The most embarrassing time in our country’s history, in my opinion. Then our give up on energy independence and even energy dominant. We’re going to be dominant within six months more than any other nation, times two. We had this all just three years ago. Our raging crime statistics, if you look in Democrat run cities, numbers the likes of which we have never seen before.
The open threats by various countries of the use of nuclear weapons. Something never mentioned or discussed by outside nations during the Trump administration in which could very well lead under the Biden administration’s leadership to an all out nuclear World War III, it can happen. We’re not very far away from it, believe it or not. An economy that has been crippled by the biggest inflation we have seen in more than 60 years, and a military that I used to defeat ISIS in four weeks. They said it would take four years. Four weeks to kill Al Baghdadi and Soleimani, that has now gone woke at the top levels by trying to indoctrinate everyone down to the lowest ranking patriot. Now, they have really stepped up their efforts by indicting the 45th President of the United States who received 75 million votes, which is more than any sitting president in the history of our country.
In the wings, they’ve got a local racist democrat district attorney in Atlanta who is doing everything in her power to indict me over an absolutely perfect phone call, even more perfect than the one I made with the president of Ukraine. Remember, I kept saying, “That’s a perfect call.” This one was more perfect. Nobody said, “Sir, you shouldn’t say that,” many people on the phone, or hung up and discussed because of something I inappropriately said, because nothing was said wrong. In fact, at the end of the call, we agreed to continue our conversation about election fraud and election fraud specifically in Georgia at a later time. Many people on the phone including lots of lawyers, nobody found anything wrong with that perfect call until a book promotion tour many months later.
All of a sudden they say, “I remember Trump making a call. Let’s look at that.” This fake case was brought only to interfere with the upcoming 2024 election and it should be dropped immediately. Immediately. Then you have a radical left lunatic known as a bomb thrower, who is harassing hundreds of … my people day after day over the boxes hoax, do you know the boxes hoax as we call it? Just so everyone knows, I come under what’s known as the Presidential Records Act, which was designed and approved by Congress long ago just for this reason. Under the Act, I’m supposed to negotiate with NARA, the National Archives and Records Administration, which as of this date is a radical left trouble making organization that red flags the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights as dangerous and triggering.
Can you imagine? This is what we have to deal with, but there is no criminality under the Presidential Records Act. That is not what it’s all about. We were negotiating in very good faith, proper way in order to return some or all of the documents that I openly and in very plain sight brought with me to Mar-a-Lago from our beautiful White House just as virtually every other president has done in the past. When FBI and DOJ officials with NARA were here, I told my lawyer to show them the very secure storage room in which they were locked. The FBI still request in writing was, “Could you please put another lock on the door?” We immediately complied. It’s a lot different than the Biden situation, isn’t it? The next thing I know, we were raided by many gun-toting FBI agents, who took whatever they wanted, including my passports and medical records.
Everybody was in shock. Nobody had ever heard of such a raid before. We can’t even believe it. Who would think that that could happen today? I immediately thought of the Fourth Amendment that protects against unreasonable search and seizure, but they did it anyway because our justice system has become lawless. They’re using it now in addition to everything else to win elections. Apparently, they’re not looking at me through the view of the non-criminal Presidential Records Act. They came up with a new one. This is a new one, and they’re looking at me through the Espionage Act. Think of that, how does that sound, of 1917 where the penalty is death, even though that has absolutely nothing to do with openly taking boxes of documents and mostly clothing and other things to my home, which President Obama has done.
The Bush’s have done. Jimmy Carter has done. Ronald Reagan has done. Everybody has done. In fact, Hillary Clinton got rid of 33,000 emails and that was okay, but nobody has done it like Joe Biden. This lunatic special prosecutor named Jack Smith, I wonder what it was prior to a change, who others of his ilk say he’s even worse than they are, is only looking at Trump. Yet Joe Biden took massive amounts, more documents, even removed many boxes to Chinatown. Do you believe that? They just got 10 million dollars from China. Where did that come from? I guess they were banking on Hunter’s expertise and had others stored in unsecured offices in Pennsylvania and strewn all over his garage floor where his now very famous Corvette is also stored, all over the floor including classified documents, but that’s okay.
Perhaps most importantly, he has 1,850 boxes in Delaware, which he is refusing to give up, but isn’t that real obstruction? That’s obstruction. As president, I have the right to declassify documents and the process is automatic. If I take them with me, it’s automatic, declassified. Biden was vice president. He had absolutely no right to declassify as vice president. He doesn’t come under the non-criminal Presidential Records Act. He comes under the very criminal Federal Records Act, unfortunately for him, but it’s not going to matter because they don’t follow the law, which has very severe penalties. He had classified documents that he took while he was a senator, which is absolutely inexcusable and other senators, including Democrats are outraged, but he’s not being harassed and hounded like the people who work for me are.
In fact, they seem to have forgotten about his documents entirely, so many, thousands and thousands. It’s okay with him. They like to say that I’m obstructing, which I’m not, because I was working with NARA very nicely until the raid on my home. Biden is obstructing by making it impossible to get the 1,850 boxes or explain why many documents were located in Chinatown. Can’t explain it. Why were they in Chinatown? I don’t know. Lastly, I’m under investigation. This time it’s civil investigation by another racist in reverse who also campaigned on, “I will get Trump, I will get him.” This was her campaign. Never ran for office. I will get him. Her name is Letitia James and she proclaimed while campaigning quote, “I look forward to going into the office of the attorney general every single day suing him and then going home,” before she knew me.
She announced, “What is fueling my soul right now is Trump,” and that she had her eyes on Trump Tower. Those eyes are focused on Trump Tower. Didn’t know the young lady. She even assured her supporters in an election promise that we’re going to definitely sue him. We’re going to be a real pain in the ass. He’s going to know my name personally. Then, she claimed that I was an illegitimate president. Thank you. Think of that, with all we did, with all we did on energy, with all we did on the military, on taxes, biggest tax cuts in history, biggest regulation cuts in history, right to try. People able to get drugs now that aren’t approved. Hopefully you don’t have that problem. Letitia James vowed to use every area of the law to quote, investigate President Trump and his business transactions. Those transactions are going to be investigated, she said.
And that of her family and his family, because we’re going after his family and we’re going after them hard. This is all before entering office and all before knowing anything at all about me, but she was going to get me. This is why along with unrelenting crime, so many people in companies are leaving New York. She said that I falsified my financial statements, but in fact, we’re proving and will prove that my financial statements were substantially more than we submitted, not less and in all cases have a strong disclaimer clause in them, which tells the institutions that may look at that, if they want to, not to rely on the statement, but they’ve got a problem with their case because number one, I’m very under-leveraged. They can’t believe it.
All the stuff they read and gave and have very little debt relative to the value of assets and importantly, not one bank has lost even $1. She was investigating me to save banks. They have very good lawyers, but they didn’t lose a dollar with us during this period of time. In fact, the banks we’re talking about, made almost 200 million dollars off Donald Trump and they liked me very much. We never missed a payment, never got a default notice. Had a great relationship with all of them. I don’t need banks. We have a lot of cash. I built a great business with my family, built a fantastic business. I have a son here who’s done a great job and I have another son here who’s done a great job. Tiffany and Ivanka and Barron will be great someday. He’s tall. He is tall and he’s smart.
I have a great family and they’ve done a fantastic job and we appreciate it very much. They’ve gone through hell. So she’s suing me over banks that weren’t a fraud when she should be focused on violent crime that’s driving people out of the state. This is a persecution, not an investigation. She’s put our family through hell. It’s cost hundreds of millions of dollars to defend, but our heads are held very, very high. They want to settle the case, but I want no part of that, so here we are now. It’s where we were today in a city that was so gracious four or five years ago, but now, we’re there. Spent time there today as you possibly read, with a local failed district attorney, charging a former President of the United States for the first time in history on a basis that every single pundit and legal analyst said, “There is no case, there’s no case.”
They kept saying, “There’s no case,” virtually everyone, but it’s far worse than that because he knew there was no case. That’s why last week he delayed for a month and then, immediately took that back and threw this ridiculous indictment together. Came out today, everybody said, “This is not really an indictment. There’s nothing here.” My lawyers came to me and they said, “There’s nothing here. They’re not even saying what you did.” The criminal is the district attorney because he illegally leaked massive amounts of grand jury information, for which he should be prosecuted or at a minimum, he should resign. Alvin Bragg’s wife confirmed a report that claimed her husband has Trump nailed on felonies. She has since locked down her Twitter account.
His chief prosecutor who represented the Democrats and crooked Hillary Clinton and a firm run by Chuck Schumer’s brother Robert. He quit the firm in order to go to work in the DA office, in order to get Trump. Can you imagine that? Hillary Clinton’s lawyer, a Democrat lawyer, a Democrat firm. Ultimately he quit as chief prosecutor because Bragg didn’t think he had a case. Think of that same guy that brought this ridiculous thing today. Yet during his investigation, this prosecutor named Mark Pomerantz wrote and published a book, saying all sorts of privileged things and has been very strongly, really reprimanded. He was reprimanded so strongly. I’ve never seen anything like it, it’s probably the end of it, but what he did was probably very illegal, but he was very, very strongly reprimanded.
Even District Attorney Bragg was furious with him, they were having a tremendous fight in the office because of it. Hope is never lost because various prosecutors and the DA’s office also quit because they thought President Trump was being treated very unfairly. How about that? Isn’t that great? I love them. I’d like to meet them. I’d like to meet them. The DA’s office even had a webpage, “Meet the team of executives who have done this to President Trump.” That was the title. Isn’t that nice? They immediately had to take it down. Meanwhile, overall crime in New York was up 30% last year, much more than that, the year before with felony assaults, robberies and burglaries all up by massive, massive numbers. Not the same place that I know, not the same place that you know.
This is where we are right now. I have a Trump hating judge, with a Trump hating wife and family, whose daughter worked for Kamala Harris and now receives money from the Biden-Harris campaign and a lot of it. We recently had another trial and the same judge told the fine man who worked for me for many, many years that if you admit your guilt, you’ll be in jail for 90 days, but if you don’t, if we go through a trial and you’re found guilty, you’re going away for 10 years and maybe longer, which for a 75-year-old man with a great family, really means life. What the prosecutors and judge did to that man, I will never forget because it’s right out of the old Soviet Union, that’s where we are. They said, “You say anything about Trump,” meaning that’s bad and you won’t even have to serve the 90 days, you’ll walk free.
They say that to many of my employees. We have this Jack Smith lunatic threatening people every single day through his representatives. They’re threatening jail terms, “But talk about Trump and you’ll go free.” This is where we are as a nation. Who would’ve thought they can’t beat us at the ballot box, so they try and beat us through the law. That’s the country in which we live, however, right now. The USA is a mess. Our economy is crashing, inflation is out of control. Russia has joined with China. Can you believe that? Saudi Arabia has joined with Iran. China, Russia, Iran and North Korea have formed together as a menacing and destructive coalition. It would’ve never happened if I were your president, it would never have happened, nor would Russia attack in Ukraine have happened.
All of those lives would be saved. All of those beautiful cities would be standing. Our currency is crashing and will soon no longer be the world’s standard, which will be our greatest defeat, frankly, in 200 years. There will be no defeat like that. That will take us away from being even a great power. If you took the five worst presidents in the history of the United States and added them up, they would not have done near the destruction to our country as Joe Biden and the Biden administration have done. Incredibly, we are now a failing nation. We are a nation in decline and now, these radical left lunatics want to interfere with our elections by using law enforcement. We can’t let that happen.
With all of this being said and with a very dark cloud over our beloved country, I have no doubt nevertheless that we will make America great again. Thank you very much and God bless you, and God bless America. Thank you very much everybody. Thank you.