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Would a second term save Donald Trump from prosecution–even jail time?

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President Donald Trump listens during an event on Operation Warp Speed in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, in Washington.

What happens when two forces—inherently at odds—clash, as they soon could in the world of former President Donald Trump? On the one hand, Trump is gearing up for a presidential run in 2024. At the same time, he is facing potential criminal indictments in Georgia and by the U.S. Justice Department for promulgating falsehoods about the 2020 election and his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection, respectively. 

Trump, whose candidacy in the 2024 presidential race is all but confirmed, has told those close to him that by pursuing a second term in the White House, he believes the accompanying executive privileges will shield him from ongoing and future prosecution, according to a Rolling Stone report.

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