In an exclusive interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” moderator Kristen Welker, former President Donald Trump expressed that he is not losing sleep over the possibility of facing imprisonment.
NBC News / “I don’t even think about it,” Trump, who has faced four indictments this year, remarked when questioned about his concerns regarding prison at night. “I’m wired differently, I suppose, because people have come up to me and asked, ‘How do you manage, sir? How do you do it?’ I don’t even dwell on it.”
Later in the interview, recorded at Trump’s Bedminster golf club and set to air on NBC affiliates, the former president revisited the same query.
“When you ask if I lose sleep? I sleep,” he stated. “I sleep well. Because I genuinely believe that, ultimately, we will prevail.”
NBC News has also extended an interview invitation to President Joe Biden, to be conducted by Welker.
Trump, currently leading the 2024 Republican presidential nomination race, offered extensive remarks on Jan. 6 and the legal challenges he faces for retaining classified documents and attempting to overturn the 2020 election.
He took responsibility for the decision to contest the election results.
“We had many people, and I made the choice,” he explained, later adding, “It was my decision. But I did listen to some people.”
When reminded that he had hired those people, Trump portrayed them as turncoats, labeling them as Republicans in name only (RINOs) or less competent.
“They turned out to be RINOs, or they didn’t prove to be very good, in many cases, I didn’t respect them,” he stated. “But I did respect others. I respected many others who claimed the election was rigged.”
Trump also suggested that he needed only about 22,000 votes across key battleground states to secure victory—a figure that would be accurate if the votes had favored him over Biden.
“Are you admitting you didn’t win?” asked Welker.
“I’m not admitting,” he replied firmly. “No. I maintain that I won the election.”
Trump faces federal trial in Washington, D.C., on charges including conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction, and conspiracy to deny the right to vote. These charges are related to his efforts to overturn the 2020 election, which culminated in the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
He also faces charges in Georgia regarding his attempts to overturn the state’s election results.
Trump expressed “no” regrets—”none whatsoever”—about his Jan. 2, 2021, phone call in which he asked Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to find more votes to overturn his defeat in the state.
“I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have because we won the state,” Trump asserted about the call, which he claims was illegally recorded without his consent.
Additionally, Trump accused President Joe Biden of promoting “Biden indictments” despite Attorney General Merrick Garland appointing special counsels to investigate separate allegations against Trump, Biden, and Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, who faced gun-related charges on Thursday.
In a separate federal trial, Trump has been charged with retaining and concealing classified documents from the federal government.
NBC News / “Meet the Press”