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In a New York criminal case, Trump claims he "will be arrested" on Tuesday.
On Truth Social, an ex-president makes a comment without official confirmation of whether or not charges will be filed or when.

On his Truth Social platform, Donald Trump stated that he anticipates being arrested on Tuesday in the New York criminal case involving hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

The former president of the United States called for protests by his supporters earlier this year if he was indicted in any of the numerous criminal investigations that have been conducted by authorities in New York, Georgia, and the federal government into a variety of allegations involving illegal campaign payments, election interference, efforts to overturn his loss in the 2020 presidential election, and keeping highly classified documents at home after he left office. He shared this on Saturday: Fight, take our country back!"

In light of rising expectations that Trump could be indicted as early as next week, the hush money case is being investigated by the Manhattan district attorney's office in New York.

Trump, a Republican candidate, posted a message without providing any official confirmation, referring to himself in the third person and writing: On Tuesday of next week, the most prominent Republican candidate and former president of the United States of America will be detained.

In anticipation of the possibility that Trump might be charged with a crime, authorities in New York have been making security preparations.

Neither an indictment nor a timeframe have been made public.

Later on Saturday, Trump's spokesperson and lawyer stated that his post was based on media reports rather than any actual updates from prosecutors or communication with them. "illegal leaks from a corrupt and highly political Manhattan district attorney's office" were mentioned in Trump's post.

The office of the district attorney declined to comment.

He encouraged his followers to protest in his posts, repeating his lies that the 2020 presidential election he lost to Joe Biden was "stolen" due to voter fraud.

That brought to mind the message that the president had sent before extremist supporters staged an uprising at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, which ultimately failed to prevent Biden's victory from being declared.

Likewise on Saturday, Trump conveyed a gathering pledges email that said the "Manhattan DA could be near charging Trump" and later posted again pummeling the ongoing US government and encouraging fights.

In January, it came to light that Bragg had made the baffling decision to appoint a grand jury to hear evidence in the Daniels case, which had previously vanished from the public eye due to the controversy among prosecutors regarding a larger investigation into Trump's business practices.

This week, Daniels met with investigators in Manhattan to talk about Trump's role in a $130,000 payment she got in 2016 to keep her from talking about claims she had a sexual relationship with married Trump in 2006, which Trump denies.

This occurred as Cohen testified before the case's New York grand jury. As Trump faced allegations of previous sexual assault and harassment from multiple women, Cohen made the payment and arranged another payout to a different woman in 2016 during the election that Trump won. Cohen has asserted that the money was paid at Trump's direction.

The state crime of falsifying business records, which is typically a misdemeanor but can be a felony if it was part of a cover-up or broader criminal wrongdoing, and campaign finance fraud could be the subject of any charges in this case.

According to Kevin O'Brien, a former federal prosecutor who is now a partner at Ford O'Brien in New York and specializes in white-collar criminal defense, prosecutors would have to prove that Trump showed an "intent to defraud" when his company "falsely accounted" for the payments to Stormy Daniels as legal expenses in order to charge him with a felony. They would also have to effectively argue that the payments were synonymous with illegal donations to Trump's 2016 election

No current or former US president has been charged. The only president to resign over the Watergate scandal was Richard Nixon, who was pardoned by Gerald Ford before he could be charged.

O'Brien stated that Trump's potential jurors and voters would be confused by any criminal charges.

How could this guy be running for president facing a conviction for an act of dishonesty that was indictable?” he asked.

Federal prosecutors in 2018 charged Cohen with campaign finance crimes related to payments to Daniels and to a Playboy model, Karen McDougal, arguing that the payouts amounted to impermissible gifts to Trump’s election effort.

McDougal, who was paid $150,000, alleged she had an affair with the married Trump in 2006-2007. He denied it.

Cohen pleaded guilty, served prison time and was disbarred. Federal prosecutors never charged Trump with any crime.

Separately, last year the US attorney general, Merrick Garland, announced the appointment of Jack Smith, a veteran prosecutor and top former justice department official, as special counsel to oversee the investigations into Trump’s role in retaining classified documents at Mar-a-Lago and his efforts to subvert the 2020 election.

And Georgia’s Fulton county district attorney, Fani Willis, is investigating whether Trump interfered in the 2020 election there.

Meanwhile, the New York attorney general, Letitia James, is suing Trump and the Trump Organization family business, saying it misled banks and tax authorities about the value of assets.

In January the Trump Organization was fined for tax fraud. Trump himself was not on trial and denied any knowledge of the criminal scheme. Bragg at the time said it closed one chapter but “we now move on to the next chapter” as the Stormy Daniels case continued.

And in April the civil trial is due in a case where former magazine columnist E Jean Carroll accuses Trump of raping her in a department store dressing room in the 1990s.

Earlier this month the judge said he would allow an infamous tape of Trump boasting about sexual aggression towards women to be used at trial.

Carroll has also sued Trump for defamation after he denied the rape happened or that he knew her, after she first described in a 2019 book the alleged attack.



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