Trump announced his own arrest and called on supporters to protest
Former US President Donald Trump said he was awaiting arrest on Tuesday in a case against him brought by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. In a post on Truth Social, he called on his supporters to protest, notes Reuters.
Trump, without providing evidence, said “illegal leaks” from the Manhattan district attorney’s office indicated he would be arrested. The former president did not say what charges he would face. “Protest, take back our nation!” Trump called.
Trump is accused of violating campaign finance rules. District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office this year began presenting jury evidence of a $130,000 payment that Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal lawyer, made to pornographic actress Stormy Daniels in the closing days of Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Daniels was about to go public with her affair with Trump. The money for silence was compensated from the Trump campaign fund. In 2018, Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations and received three years in prison. He also claims to have received payment orders from Trump, which the former president denies.
Manhattan County has now appointed a special prosecutor to investigate Trump. His office gained access to documents related to Trump’s business, his tax returns, and other documents. Trump has repeatedly criticized the Manhattan District Attorney’s investigation, calling it politically motivated and trying to stop it. He also promised to return to the White House and run in the 2024 election.