Donald Trump names the day he will be arrested in New Truth Social Screed
Donald Trump hinted Saturday morning that he would be arrested on Tuesday on charges stemming from Manhattan prosecutors’ investigation into the $130,000 paid in secret money to adult actor Stormy Daniels.
The former president also called on his supporters to “PROTEST, TAKE BACK OUR NATION” ― in what commentators interpreted as a call for violence ― in the venomous rant on his Truth Social platform. His post came just hours after he shared his first post on Facebook since being banned for inciting the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol.
Trump doubled down later on Saturday, writing that “EVIL & SINISTER PEOPLE” is “DESTROYING” the military and the country.
“THEY KILL OUR NATION WHILE WE SIT AND WATCH. WE MUST SAVE AMERICA! PROTEST, PROTEST, PROTEST!!!” he typed.
Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called Trump’s rampage is “reckless”, saying he was intended to “foment unrest among his supporters”.
“He cannot hide his violations of the law, his disrespect for our elections and his incitement to violence. Rightly, our justice system will decide how to hold him accountable,” Pelosi said in a statement.
On Friday, Trump attorney Joe Tacopina confirmed that the former president vying for re-election in 2024 would surrender to authorities without complications if charged.
“We will follow normal procedure if it gets to this point,” Tacopina told Insider.
‘There will be no confrontation at Mar-a-Lago with the Secret Service and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office,’ said the lawyer – who went viral this week for trying to seize a piece of paper from MSNBC’s Ari Melber – to the New York Daily. News, referring to Trump’s Florida resort and the New York County prosecutor.
The New York Times reported that Trump feels “deeply anxious about being arrested” after facing his first criminal investigation in the 1970s.
The potential charges against the former president stem from his alleged affair with Daniels in 2006 and accusations that he paid her – through a shell company set up by his former lawyer and longtime fixer Michael Cohen – in exchange for her silence. before the 2016 elections.
Trump has repeatedly called the investigation by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office, which would seek to find out whether the payment violated state law, a “witch hunt.”
Cohen, meanwhile, spent a year in jail for his role in the payment, which was made in violation of campaign finance laws. Unsealed court documents in Cohen’s case suggest Trump was involved in the payment.
If Trump is indicted, it would be the first time a former president has faced charges.
But how much support that would cost him is unclear.
Although former Vice President Mike Pence distanced himself from Trump after the 2021 uprising, he nevertheless came to the defense of his former running mate in a radio interviewclaiming that the Manhattan investigation “stinks of political lawsuits”.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy called reports a possible indictment of “scandalous abuse of power by a radical DA”, whom he accuses of pursuing “political revenge against President Trump”. McCarthy pledged to check whether federal funds were being used in the Manhattan prosecutors’ efforts.
In a TweeterSen. Eric Schmitt (R-Mo.) said “the soon-to-be-announced arrest … is Third World Banana Republic folly.”
Sen. JD Vance (R-Ohio) said on Twitter that an indictment from Trump would certainly not affect his endorsement of Trump in 2024.
“Shit no”, Vance writing.
Another staunch ally, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), tweeted that “if the Manhattan DA indicts President Trump, he will end up winning even more than he is already going to win”.
Greene added, “The base is fed up with Republicans failing to stand up for the people and against the Democrats’ war on Trump, his admin, his supporters and mainstream values.”