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Donald Trump hinted that he could be arrested this week. He claimed this based on “illegal leaks” from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. The former president posted on social media about it and urged his followers to “protest” in order to “take our nation back.”
The former president’s statements came precisely after a report by NBC News, which suggested that federal agencies were beginning to think about security protocols in the face of a possible arrest of Trump, who could be formally charged by a Manhattan grand jury in connection with a secret payment of $ 130,000 he allegedly made to porn actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Faced with this information, Trump did not hesitate to take to social media, where he made a strong statement against the Manhattan judiciary. “Illegal leaks from a corrupt and highly political Manhattan District Attorney’s office, which has allowed new records to be set in violent crimes and whose leader is funded by George Soros, indicate that, with no crime being able to be proven, and based on an old and fully debunked (by numerous other prosecutors! ), fairytale, the far and away leading Republican candidate and former president of the United States of America, will be arrested on Tuesday of next week,” wrote the former president on Truth Social.
To defuse the tension, a spokesman for the former president clarified that, so far, there is no real “notification” of an imminent arrest. He also added that Trump will be in Texas next weekend for a “huge” rally. In the meantime, the tycoon played golf on Saturday morning and then traveled to Oklahoma to watch the NCAA wrestling championship.
What is Trump being accused of?
The case involves an alleged payment made by Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen. The lawyer allegedly sent $130,000 to Daniels during the 2016 campaign, with the aim of silencing an alleged date between Trump and the actress in 2006. The crime in question is that the payment was allegedly disguised that payment as a legal expense and the investigation is being conducted by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
Although confidentiality agreements are legal, the problem lies in how his company reimbursed Cohen. The payment was listed as a legal expense and the company claimed an alleged confidentiality agreement with Cohen. According to the prosecutor, that agreement did not exist and the expense was not related to any legal services by the attorney, potentially establishing misdemeanor falsification of business records.
According to Bragg, Trump personally signed several of the checks to Cohen while serving as president. In addition, according to POLITICO, “Trump has repeatedly denied wrongdoing in connection with the payment and has denied Daniels’ claim that the pair had sex on one occasion in 2006.”
Prosecutors claim that there is a second crime related to the payment, as the donation would have been improper because it was used to stop a story to benefit his presidential campaign.
Joaquín Núñez es licenciado en comunicación periodística por la Universidad Católica Argentina. Se especializa en el escenario internacional y en la política nacional norteamericana. Confeso hincha de Racing Club de Avellaneda. Contacto: [email protected] // Joaquín Núñez has a degree in journalistic communication from the Universidad Católica Argentina. He specializes in the international scene and national American politics. Confessed fan of Racing Club of Avellaneda. Contact: [email protected]