Asa Hutchinson: Trump should ‘step aside’ from 2024 race after indictment
Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said Trump should “step aside” from the 2024 presidential campaign now that he will be indicted, calling it a “huge distraction.”
A Manhattan grand jury voted to indict Trump on Thursday on yet-unknown charges related to a hush money payment he made in 2016 to a woman who alleged she had an affair with Trump.
It’s the first time a former or current president has been charged with a crime.
“When a public official is indicted, I think with regard to the office, the office is more important than the person and they should step aside,” Hutchinson said on Fox Business on Friday, reiterating a point he made earlier this month. “That standard should apply here. It is a distraction. It is not a good day for America, but the system has to play out here and we have to have confidence that it can.”
Hutchinson, who is considering a run for president in 2024, said that he does not support an indictment in the case but that is important for the legal process to run its course. Before becoming governor of Arkansas, Hutchinson was a federal prosecutor.
“This is a case that I would not have brought based on the facts that I understand,” Hutchinson said. “It doesn’t make sense to me.”
“[The charges] better be very substantive if he wants to make his case in a way that does not seem simply political,” he added.
Hutchinson said that he will announce whether he will run for president sometime in April and that the Trump indictment will not have an impact on his decision.
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