Trump says he will be arrested on Tuesday

Former President Donald Trump said he would be arrested on Tuesday, citing leaked information from the Manhattan Attorney’s Office.

In a post on Truth Social on Saturday, Mr Trump urged his supporters to protest what he says is politically driven charges over alleged hush money payments in 2016.

“NOW, ILLEGAL LEAKS FROM A CORRUPT & HIGHLY POLITICAL MANHATTAN DIRECTOR’S OFFICE THAT HAS ALLOWED TO SET NEW RECORDS IN VIOLENT CRIME AND WHICH IS LEADERED FUND BY GEORGE SOROS SHOW THAT NO CRIME CAN BE PROVED AND BASED ON AN OLD AND COMPLETELY DISCOVERED NUMEROUS OTHER PROSECUTORS!) MÄRCHEN, THE FAR AND WAY LEADING REPUBLIC CANDIDATE & FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WILL BE ARRESTED TUESDAY OF NEXT WEEK,” the former President wrote in all caps screed.

“PROTEST, TAKE BACK OUR NATION!” he wrote.

A spokesman for Mr. Trump said the former president had received no formal notification from prosecutors of an impending arrest “other than illegal leaks from the Justice Department and the Attorney’s Office to NBC and other fake news networks.”

“President Trump is right to assert his innocence and arming our injustice system,” the Washington Times spokesman said.

A spokesman for the Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg declined to comment.

A Manhattan grand jury has heard witnesses as part of a multi-year probe into payments Trump allegedly made through his attorney Michael Cohen to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal in 2016.

Mr Cohen, who pleaded guilty to violating the Campaign Finance Act and lying to Congress, said the payouts were to buy her silence about past relationships with Mr Trump.

Mr Trump has denied the allegations, calling the investigation a “witch hunt”.

Ms Daniels has been meeting with prosecutors in recent weeks. Two of Mr Trump’s former advisers – former political adviser Kellyanne Conway and former spokeswoman Hope Hicks – have also met with prosecutors.

Police officers in New York have taken precautions against a possible indictment against Mr. Trump.

Mr. Bragg has not publicly announced a timeframe for the grand jury to complete its work on the case or a possible vote on whether to indict Mr. Trump.

Mr. Trump would be the first former President in US history to face indictment if one were to be indicted.

Vivek Ramaswamy, who is challenging Mr Trump for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, said a “Trump impeachment would be a national disaster”.

“It is un-American for the ruling party to use police power to arrest its political rivals,” Ramaswamy wrote on Twitter on Saturday. “This will mark a dark moment in American history and erode public confidence in our electoral system itself. I urge the Manhattan District Attorney to reconsider this action and set aside partisan politics in favor of preserving our constitutional republic.”

Others predicted that impeachment against Mr. Trump would cement his victory in 2024. Twitter owner Elon Musk predicted in a post on his platform, “If this happens, Trump will be re-elected in a landslide victory.”

Senator JD Vance, an Ohio Republican who received Trump’s support prior to his victory in the midterm elections in November, said: “A politically motivated impeachment makes the case for Trump stronger.

“We just don’t have a real country when justice depends on politics,” Mr. Vance wrote on Twitter.

– This story contains wire reports





Source : www.washingtontimes.com

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