President Donald rump has told advisers for weeks that he is concerned about the threat of prosecution if he loses the election, The New York Times reports.
Trump has told advisers that he “expects to face intensifying scrutiny from prosecutors if he loses” and is “concerned not only about existing investigations in New York, but the potential for new federal probes as well,” aides who spoke with the president told the outlet.
Trump’s advisers believe he still has a realistic shot of winning but concede that polls suggest it would be an incredibly difficult climb.
Not only does Trump trail by double-digits in states like Michigan and Wisconsin, which were key to his 2016 victory, but he is also expected to lose in states like Arizona, which have long been Republican strongholds.
Will Trump face charges?
Trump could still face charges for obstruction of justice in the Mueller probe and potential campaign finance violations that longtime Trump fixer Michael Cohen already pleaded guilty to related to hush money payments to women alleging affairs with the president, Bloomberg reported.
He could also face charges related to his tax avoidance both federally and in New York City.
His company also faces investigations related to potential real estate fraud in New York State.
Trump also faces multiple lawsuits, including two defamation suits from women who accused him of rape and sexual assault.
Biden vows not to stand in the way:
Joe Biden said that he would not have any influence over the Justice Department’s consideration of whether to charge Trump after he leaves office but also said he would not stand in the way of any charges.
"Look, the Justice Department is not the president's private law firm,” he told NPR. “The attorney general is not the president's private lawyer. I will not interfere with the Justice Department's judgment of whether or not they think they should pursue the prosecution of anyone that they think has violated the law.”