Donald Trump says he will be ‘arrested’ on Tuesday and calls for protests

The ex-president could be indicted in a 2016 payment case aimed at buying the silence of a pornographic actress with whom he allegedly had an affair.

By Le Figaro with AFP

Published on 03/18/2023 at 1:50 p.m.update on 03/18/2023 at 17:32

Donald Trump assured Saturday March 18 that he was going to be “stoppedon Tuesday and called for protests, ahead of a possible indictment over a 2016 payout case to buy the silence of a pornographic actress he allegedly had an affair with.

The Republican Party candidate far ahead (his primary rivals, editor’s note) and former President of the United States of America will be arrested on Tuesday of next week“wrote Donald Trump on his social network Truth Social on Tuesday.

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Such an arrest, or even his indictment in this case, would be a first for a former US president. In question, 130,000 dollars paid to Stormy Daniels, Stephanie Clifford in civil, to – accuse justice – buy his silence and thus not to harm the candidate Trump during the presidential election of 2016, finally won by the billionaire. The payment of this sum, in itself legal, poses a problem because the New York prosecutor’s office, which led the investigation, considers that it is a hidden donation to the president’s campaign, in violation of the financing laws. electoral.

It will be crazy»

Demonstrate, take back our nation!“, added the one who is a presidential candidate of 2024, in a message all in capital letters. This call echoes the one he made at the end of 2020, convinced that he had made himself “flyThe election against , for his supporters to demonstrate in Washington on January 6, 2021, preludes their assault on the United States Capitol, seat of legislative power, which had shocked America and the world.

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Massive demonstration in Washington on January 6. Be there, it will be crazy“, he had tweeted on December 19, 2020, before calling the same day, during a speech, his supporters to “beat like the devils“. Banned from Twitter and other mainstream social networks in the wake of what had been perceived as incitement to violence, he was recently reinstated in the blue bird network, as well as Youtube and Facebook. He posted for the first time in two years on these last two networks on Friday. But it was on his own network, Truth Social, that he posted his allegations on Saturday.

A payment of $130,000

Referring to a “leakfrom the New York State Prosecutors’ Office, for the District of Manhattan, the former US president adds to the signs and rumors that have been multiplying for the past few days about his possible criminal indictment by a grand jury – a citizens’ panel endowed with broad investigative powers and responsible for ratifying an indictment – in the Stormy Daniels case. On Truth Social, he calls the services of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, an elected magistrate and Democrat, “corrupt and very political“. Targeted in several court cases, but never yet charged, the former Republican president (2017-2021), could therefore see this threat materialize soon.

It was his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who has since become one of his worst enemies, who was responsible for paying the $ 130,000 to Mrs. Clifford so that she silences this supposed 2006 relationship with Donald Trump. Last week, Michael Cohen, already convicted in this case, testified at least twice before the grand jury in this investigation.

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On Friday, one of Donald Trump’s lawyers, Joseph Tacopina, told the media that his client was “would maketo New York justice if he were to be charged. Donald Trump, currently campaigning for the Republican primary for the 2024 presidential election, will hold a meeting next Saturday in Waco, Texas.

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