Trump says he hopes federal 2020 election case will be moved to impartial venue
Trump's claim about D.C. being 95% anti-Trump is likely referring to the presidential election results after the district overwhelmingly voted against him in 2016 and 2020.
Former President Donald Trump says he hopes that he will face the charges related to the 2020 election brought against him by special counsel Jack Smith in an impartial venue, such as West Virginia, rather than Washington, D.C.
"The latest Fake 'case' brought by Crooked Joe Biden & Deranged Jack Smith will hopefully be moved to an impartial Venue, such as the politically unbiased nearby State of West Virginia!" Trump posted Wednesday on Truth Social.
"IMPOSSIBLE to get a fair trial in Washington, D.C., which is over 95% anti-Trump, & for which I have called for a Federal TAKEOVER in order to bring our Capital back to Greatness," Trump also wrote on his social media platform. "It is now a high crime embarrassment to our Nation and, indeed, the World. This Indictment is all about Election Interference!!!"
Trump's claim about D.C. being 95% anti-Trump is likely referring to the presidential election results. In 2016, 92.8% of votes went to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and just 4.1% went to Trump. In 2020, Trump won 5.4% of the vote in D.C. while Biden won 93%.
Additionally, many citizens of D.C., where the federal jury would be pulled from for Trump's case, witnessed the lead-up to and the aftermath of the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot for which the former president faces several charges.
Smith indicted Trump earlier this week on four federal charges, including conspiracy to defraud and attempting to obstruct an official proceeding.
Trump also faces dozens of charges related to his alleged mishandling of classified documents, but that case will be tried in Florida, which he won in both 2016 and 2020.