TRUMP, REPUBLICAN COMMITTEES AT LOGGERHEADS
Former US President Donald Trump and the Republican committees seem engaged in a battle of wits with the Republican National Committee (RNC) saying it will cease funding his legal bills if he chose to announce his candidacy for 2024 too early. That’s before the mid-terms on November 8 this year
Trump is no stranger to the cease-and-desist letters that threaten litigation in his business, campaign and presidency. As early as in 2015, Trump’s campaign accused the conservative Club for Growth of running a defamatory ad against him and threatened a lawsuit if they didn’t stop airing it.
In 2018, Trump’s lawyers sent a cease-and-desist letter to his former chief strategist Steve Bannon after Bannon was quoted in a Michael Wolff book describing a Trump Tower meeting as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”. Legal action was “imminent,” his lawyers said then. Trump’s attorneys also sent a cease-and-desist letter to Wolff and his publisher, Steve Rubin, demanding that they halt publication and release of Wolff’s book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. The effort was unsuccessful.
The same Steve Bannon, a Trump strategist and allegedly involved in the January 6 uprising has been convicted for contempt of court not to heed to the subpoenas issued against him by the panel that said, “he (Bannon) thought he was above the law.”
Coming months, we can see interesting developments unfold as the panel releases its report indicting Trump for the insurrection and how voters react in the midterms.