Bill Clinton's former special counsel refuses to back calls to jail Donald Trump

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Donald Trump is facing multiple criminal charges

Ben Chapman

By Ben Chapman

Published: 27/08/2023

- 12:05

Updated: 27/08/2023

- 13:32

The former US president is facing multiple charges

Bill Clinton’s former adviser believes Donald Trump should not face jail time, despite the multiple charges he is faced with.

The former US president was booked on charges of plotting to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election result on Thursday.

Trump is facing four indictments, including two related to his false claims that the election was stolen and the January 6 2021 attack by his followers on the US Capitol in Washington DC.

He has denied all charges.


Former special counsel to Bill Clinton, Lanny Davis, says he is not in favour of Donald Trump being served with jail time despite his personal misgivings about the former US president.

“I am not in favour of a former president being put behind bars”, he told Tom Harwood on the Camilla Tominey Show.

“I am strongly critical of Donald Trump, but I believe it’s very important that every person is held to the same standard. No one is above the law.

“The principle that he should be held accountable for the same crime Michael Cohen committed when he deletes a tape of national security information on a nuclear programme, that’s a crime, he should be tried and held to the same standards.

“No man or woman is above the law, but I’m not in favour of putting him in jail. I’m in favour of the principle that we’re all the same, whether you’re a former president or a citizen.”

Davis represents Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former fixer, despite formerly working as a special adviser to Bill Clinton.

Lanny Davis and Tom Harwood

Lanny Davis spoke to Tom Harwood on GB News


Clinton was impeached in his second term after lying about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky while he was president.

Cohen, who worked as Trump’s lawyer for more than a decade, paid $130,000 to Stormy Daniels to prevent her from going public with allegations that she and Trump slept together a decade before he got to the White House.

Trump, who was elected president in 2016 but defeated by Joe Biden in 2020, is seeking the Republican nomination for the presidency.

The former president is ahead in the polls, but his legal challenges could pose a threat to his ambitions.

A mug shot of Trump, taken during his booking, shows the former US president glaring into the camera with a clenched jaw.

He has wasted little time using the mug shot to his advantage, posting it on his Truth Social media platform.

Former Trump spokesman Steven Cheung said on X that the former president has brought in $7.1 million since the image was taken.

"Today, at the notoriously violent jail in Fulton County, Georgia, I was ARRESTED despite having committed NO CRIME," he wrote on his campaign site.

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