Donald Trump anticipates a possible arrest and calls on his supporters to protest in the street | news today
Former US President Donald Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
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Former US President Donald Trump He assured this Saturday that he will be “arrested” within three days and called on his followers to protest, before a possible accusation for money paid before the 2016 elections to buy the silence of a porn actress.
“The leading Republican candidate and former President of the United States of America will be arrested on Tuesday of next week. Protest, take back our nation!” he said. Trump on his social network Truth Social, in the third person and with capital letters.
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If indicted by the New York State court, Trump He will become the first former US president charged with a crime and his aspirations to become the Republican presidential candidate for the 2024 elections will be complicated.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, a Republican, reacted furiously, accusing New York prosecutors of seeking “political revenge” against Trump and noted that he will promote an investigation in Congress.
The investigation led by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, a Democratic elected official, centers on a $130,000 payment made two weeks before the 2016 presidential election, which he won. Trumpto a porn actress known as Stormy Daniels.
The money was allegedly intended to prevent Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, from revealing a relationship she claims to have had with Trump a few years before.
On Friday, one of the attorneys for TrumpJoseph Tacopina, maintained that his client would appear in court in New York if charged. Trump he has denied having an affair with Daniels and dismissed the investigation as politically motivated.
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– “Illegal leaks” –
In his post on Truth Social, Trump denounced “illegal leaks” from the Manhattan district attorney’s office, which he called “corrupt and highly politicized,” and said the investigation was “based on an old fairy tale and completely discredited (by many other prosecutors!) )”.
Hours later, Trump He doubled his bet in a new publication with capital letters, calling his successor, Democrat Joe Biden, “corrupt”, and urging his followers to demonstrate: “Protest, protest, protest!!!”, he claimed.
Susan Necheles, attorney for Trumpindicated that the ex-president’s publications were based on media reports and not some new measure taken by prosecutors.
“Since this is a political indictment, the district attorney’s office is resorting to leaks to the press, rather than contacting the president’s lawyers. Trump as would be done in a normal case,” Necheles said in a statement sent to AFP.
A grand jury in New York – a special panel made up of impartial citizens – that examines evidence presented by prosecutors to decide whether charges are warranted, has been hearing witnesses in the case of Trump.
On Monday, jurors heard from the former attorney for Trump Michael Cohen, who made the payment to Daniels. Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison in 2018 on federal charges related to the outlay, but pleaded guilty, saying he had only carried out the former president’s orders.
Daniels herself met with prosecutors on Wednesday and “agreed to be available as a witness or for further investigation if necessary,” according to her attorney Charles Brewster.
Trump he also received an invitation to testify, which legal experts say is a sign that an indictment is coming.
Payment to Daniels, if not properly accounted for, could result in a misdemeanor charge related to falsifying business records. That could be elevated to a felony if the false accounting was intended to cover up a second crime, such as a campaign finance violation, The New York Times reported.
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– Outlook for 2024 –
Trump He faces several criminal investigations at the state and federal level for possible irregularities before, during and after his term (2017-2021).
In Georgia, a prosecutor is investigating attempts to Trump and his allies to annul the president’s electoral defeat in 2020 in that southern state.
He is also the subject of a federal investigation into his handling of classified documents, as well as his possible involvement in the violent invasion of the Capitol, the seat of the United States Congress, on January 6, 2021.
Some analysts believe that an indictment bodes ill for the chances of Trump in 2024, while others speculate that it could instead benefit him.
“Arrest secures Donald’s nomination Trumppolitical strategist Rick Wilson tweeted, noting that the Republican base will support him.
Billionaire Elon Musk, owner of the Tesla electric car company and a self-described libertarian aligned with Republican positions, went even further. “If this happens, Trump he will be re-elected with a landslide victory,” he said on his Twitter account.
Trump called a new campaign rally in Texas on March 25.
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