Trump said he was afraid of being arrested and called on supporters to protest
Donald Trump has said he is expected to be arrested on Tuesday and urged supporters to protest, as Manhattan prosecutors continue to investigate allegations that the former president paid a gag. to buy the silence of a porn star.
Trump, who is campaigning as the Republican nominee for the 2024 presidential election, on Saturday wrote on his Truth Social platform that he “will be arrested on Tuesday of next week,” citing unidentified leaks.
He stated that “no crime” could be proven and that any action against him would be “based on old and fully exposed grounds. . . fairy tales”.
“PERFORMING, BACK OUR COUNTRY!” He tweeted.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office, which is believed to be handling the case, declined to comment.
Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has accused her of having an affair with Trump. The porn actress sued the former president in 2018 to bypass a non-disclosure agreement established shortly before the 2016 election.
Clifford was paid $130,000 through an entity founded by Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney. Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison in 2018 after pleading guilty to charges including campaign finance violations related to the payout.
The actress had previously signed a statement stating that she was not romantically involved with the former president, which was presented to the media by Cohen. Clifford then stated that she was threatened to make her keep quiet on the matter. Trump’s representatives have denied he was romantically involved with Clifford.
The former president is facing a series of legal challenges, including an investigation into possible mishandling of government documents, led by a lawyer. special advisor, as well as an investigation into his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia. Trump denies wrongdoing.
In December, the Trump Organization was sentenced tax fraud in a criminal case pursued by Manhattan prosecutors. In September, New York State Attorney General Letitia James sued Trump and his three adult children for what she describes as an “outstanding” fraud, one that carries a fine of at least $250 million.
In addition, a congressional committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, said Trump should prosecute for supporting the failed attempt to overturn the 2020 election results. He should also be criminally charged with obstructing an official government process, conspiring to defraud the United States, and making a false statement intentionally. with the authorities, the commission said.
Last February, two top prosecutors led a criminal investigation by the Manhattan district attorney resignation in a move that led some to speculate at the time that the district attorney’s office had taken a step back.
Additional reporting by Joe Miller