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Is Trump getting ready to launch 2024 campaign early?

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Former President Donald Trump is mulling when, exactly, he should announce a presidential run for 2024 -- a decision that has become even more pressing following revelations by the House select committee investigating his role in the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection.

Over the past week, Trump told associates he is eager to launch another presidential campaign as early as this month to capitalize on President Joe Biden's increasingly dismal poll numbers and put his potential GOP rivals on notice.

Committee testimony about Trump's fight to overturn the 2020 election have exposed growing political vulnerabilities just as he eyes another presidential bid.

A former White House aide this week described Trump as an unhinged leader with no regard for the safety of elected officials in either party as he clung to power on Jan. 6, 2021. The testimony from the congressional panel investigating the Capitol attack provided a roadmap for prosecutors to potentially charge Trump with a crime, some legal experts say.

Typically, candidates would wait at least until after the November midterm elections. But aides say Trump is eager to push forward because the House committee's public hearings have targeted him in a sharply unflattering light.

Trump is battling investigations of his post-election team's activities in battleground states as well. And business regulators continue to scrutinize his dealings.

Biden shows vulnerability, too. His poll numbers continue to plunge:

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