USA: Why is Donald Trump facing arrest and indictment?

The former US president assured on Saturday that he was going to be “arrested” on Tuesday and called for demonstrations. He could face charges that he bought the silence of a pornographic actress with whom he allegedly had an affair with funds received from his 2016 presidential campaign.

The possible accusation of Donald Trump will be the first for the former American president. Accused by the courts of bribing a pornographic actress with whom he allegedly had an affair to buy his silence, he assured Saturday that he was going to be “arrested” on Tuesday and called for demonstrations.

After an affair with pornographic actress and director Stephanie Clifford, he would pay her $130,000 to buy her silence.

Republicans take up arms

It was her former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who became one of her worst enemies, who was responsible for paying the porn actress $130,000 to keep quiet about this alleged 2006 relationship with Donald Trump.

Already convicted in this case, Michael Cohen testified at least twice before a grand jury in this investigation last week. On Friday, one of the former president’s lawyers, Joseph Takopina, told the media that his client would “turn” to New York justice if charges were brought against him.

“The idea of ​​indicting a former President of the United States deeply disturbs me, as do tens of millions of Americans,” said former Vice President Mike Pence, quoted by The Guardian, however.

And Republican Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy denounced on Twitter “an outrageous abuse of power by an extremist district attorney who allows violent criminals to run wild in pursuit of political revenge on President Trump.”

Bribery Fund

This case of payment came shortly before the November 2016 presidential election, in which the Republican billionaire defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump has not yet been President of the United States.

He allegedly used his presidential campaign funds to make a payment that New York City Attorney’s Office considers a hidden donation, in violation of campaign finance laws. The investigation is almost complete, so Donald Trump could soon face charges.

The “GOP candidate” in the 2024 presidential primaries “and the former President of the United States of America will be arrested Tuesday next week,” Donald Trump said on his Truth Social, referring to him in the third person and writing in capital letters.

As of now, no one has confirmed this Tuesday date proposed by Donald Trump. One of his lawyers, Susan Necheles, told AFP that her client has decided to speak out on his Truth Social platform “based on information in the press” released several days ago about a possible indictment next week.

Summons to the prosecutor’s office

“Because this is a political persecution, the District Attorney’s Office is resorting to leaking information to the press rather than talking to President Donald Trump’s lawyers, as they usually should,” his council denounced.

And yet, if charged, it won’t happen in the classic way: the police won’t come to his house to take him to jail. Because of his status as a former president, he will be called to the prosecutor’s office to notify him of the charges against him, and he should generally be released pending trial.

Law enforcement and local and federal security agencies are preparing for the possibility of this charge as early as next week, several senior officials familiar with the preparations told NBC Friday, while specifying that the plans remain preemptive.

Rumors about this possible indictment have increased since Donald Trump was called to testify before a grand jury, a group of citizens with broad investigative powers responsible for approving the indictment.

Call for protest

A possible sign of prosecutors’ desire to file criminal charges against the former president in the so-called Stormy Daniels case. Faced with this, Donald Trump poses as a victim and calls on his supporters to demonstrate. “Protest, take back our nation!” he wrote on his social network.

“We must save America, demonstrate, demonstrate, demonstrate!!!” Donald Trump repeated on his social network a few hours later.

These messages echo what he started in late 2020, convinced that he was “stolen” the election against Joe Biden so that his supporters would demonstrate in Washington on January 6, 2021, a prelude to their attack on the US. The Capitol that shook America and the world.

On his social media, he called the services of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, an elected magistrate and Democrat, “corrupt and very political.”

Donald Trump was the subject of an initial criminal investigation in the late 1970s, according to the New York Times.

Donald Trump, who is campaigning for the Republican primary in the 2024 presidential election, will hold a rally next Saturday in Waco, Texas. And for billionaire Elon Musk, who allowed his Twitter account to be restored, if arrested, “Trump will be re-elected in a landslide victory” in November 2024.

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