The former US president called on his followers to “protest, take our country back” if he is arrested on Tuesday
Former US President Donald Trump warned that he will be “arrested Tuesday” in an all caps post on social media platform Truth Social on Saturday, stating “illegal leaks from a corrupt and highly political Manhattan district attorney’s office” for his foreknowledge.
“With no crime to be proven, and based on an old and completely debunked (by numerous other accusers) fairy tale, the far and wide leading Republican nominee and former President of the United States of America will be arrested next Tuesday. ,” Trump predicted and urged his followers “protest, take our nation back!”
The office of Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg would neither confirm nor deny whether he planned to press charges of campaign finance violations over the alleged payment of hush money to porn actress Stormy Daniels by then-candidate Trump in 2016, when Fox News on Friday for comment.
Trump was invited earlier this month to testify before a grand jury about the Stormy Daniels scandal, a move many have interpreted as a prelude to an indictment. If so, he would be the first former US president to face criminal charges. Several law enforcement agencies are reportedly in talks “safety preparations” should he be charged.
Trump’s attorney, Joe Tacopino, denounced prosecutors for doing so “fully armed” the justice system, pointing out that the alleged crime – falsifying data – was a felony and only becomes a felony if prosecutors can prove it was done intentionally and maliciously. In addition, Tacopino said, Trump cannot be prosecuted for a federal election charge in New York State, and since Trump’s personal money was used to pay the porn actress, the payment was not a campaign expense at all.
Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen has admitted he paid Daniels $130,000 so she wouldn’t share her affair with the real estate tycoon with the public after the porn star’s reps tried to sell her story to the National Enquirer. However, the former president has denied having an affair with Daniels.
Michael Avenatti, the attorney who assisted Daniels in her attempt to break free from the non-disclosure agreement she signed with Cohen, was sentenced last year to four years in prison for defrauding the adult film actress of some $300,000.
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