Sat 18 March 2023:
Former President Donald Trump said Saturday that “illegal leaks” have indicated that he will be arrested Tuesday and called on supporters to protest.
Trump has made reference to rumors that he may soon be charged with a crime in New York for making a hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels in tweets on his social media platform Truth Social.
Trump remained silent over whether or not law enforcement had alerted him to an impending indictment.
Trump, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, decried “illegal leaks” that “indicate” he would be arrested on Tuesday.
“PROTEST, TAKE OUR NATION BACK!” Trump wrote.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing and called the investigation by the Democratic Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office a continuation of the partisan “witch hunt” against him. He’s also accused Bragg, who is Black, of being a “racist.”
A representative for Bragg’s office declined to offer any commentary on Trump’s posts on Truth Social.
The 76-year-old presidential candidate has stated that even if he is indicted, he does not intend to withdraw from the race. At a political rally in early March, he responded to reporters by saying “absolutely not,” adding that being charged “would certainly boost my numbers, but it’s a very awful thing for America.”
A key witness in the current case is Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer and fixer who testified before the grand jury this week. Cohen pleaded guilty in federal court in 2018 to making the illegal payment to Daniels for the “principal purpose of influencing” the 2016 presidential election and said he did so at Trump’s direction. He was sentenced to three years in prison for that and other crimes.
Trump has admitted that he paid Cohen the $130,000 back, but he has insisted that the transaction was legitimate. In a 2018 tweet, Trump claimed that the funds were “not from the campaign” and that there had been “a private contract between two parties, known as a non-disclosure agreement, or NDA,” behind the arrangement.
Despite having already written a comprehensive letter stating that there was no affair, “the agreement was used to halt the false and extortionist accusations about an affair made by her,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
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