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Trump announces 2024 presidential bid; The state of the Republican Party

Donald Trump
Andrew Harnik/AP
FILE - Former President Donald Trump announces he is running for president for the third time as he smiles while speaking at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., Nov. 15, 2022. Trump's early announcement of his third White House bid won't shield the former president from the criminal investigations already confronting him as an ordinary citizen, leaving him legally and politically exposed as he seeks the 2024 Republican nomination. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump has officially declared himself a candidate for president, but that won’t shield him from the same criminal investigations that confront him as an ordinary citizen.

The Justice Department is pushing ahead with its probes.

And with the midterm elections now mostly complete and the 2024 presidential campaign yet to begin in earnest, federal prosecutors have plenty of time to continue their work, even as Trump hits the campaign trail.

He is entering the race amid investigations related to his efforts to undo the 2020 election results and into the hoarding of top-secret government documents at his Florida estate — plus a separate state probe in Georgia.

Leonard Pitts, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and Professor at Morgan State University joins Dr. Kaye to discuss Donald Trump announcing his 2024 presidential bid. Click the audio to listen.

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