Donald Trump has warned of “death and destruction” if he is charged with a crime, in a speech to supporters in Florida.
The US president was speaking at a rally in Panama City Beach, where he was campaigning for Republican candidates ahead of the mid-term elections.
Mr Trump said that if he was charged with a crime, it would be “the end of his presidency”.
“They can do whatever they want, and I can do whatever I want,” he said.
“But I’ll tell you what, if I ever got impeached, I think the market would crash. I think everybody would be very poor.”
He added: “I don’t know how you can impeach somebody who has done a great job. I will tell you what, if I ever got impeached, I think the market would crash. I think everybody would be very poor.”
The president’s comments come amid speculation that he could face criminal charges if Democrats take control of the House of Representatives in the mid-term elections.
Mr Trump has denied any wrongdoing and has repeatedly attacked the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The president’s comments have been widely condemned by Democrats, who have accused him of trying to intimidate the justice system.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said: “The president’s comments are a blatant attempt to obstruct justice and undermine the rule of law.
“The president’s threats of violence and death are a direct attack on our democracy and our values.”
The White House has denied that Mr Trump was trying to intimidate anyone, saying he was simply expressing his opinion.
However, the president’s comments have raised concerns about the rule of law in the US and the independence of the justice system.
It is unclear what action, if any, could be taken against Mr Trump if he were to be charged with a crime.
However, the president’s comments have been widely criticised and have raised questions about the future of the US justice system.