Trump calls on Truth Social to protest against it. The public prosecutor’s office is currently investigating him because he is said to have paid hush money to a porn actress.
Former US President Donald Trump is expected to be arrested next Tuesday. That’s why he called on his supporters to protest. “The towering Republican nominee and former President of the United States will be arrested Tuesday next week. Protest, take back our nation!” Trump wrote on his social media platform Truth Social on Saturday.
New York prosecutors are investigating Trump over hush money payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels. Trump denies having sex with the woman. In the United States, a jury decides whether to indict a case after the prosecutor has presented evidence. US media assume that this will happen to Trump in the coming days. He would be the first former US president to be indicted for an alleged crime.
Trump cites ‘leaked information’
Trump cited “leaky information from the corrupt and highly political Manhattan Attorney’s Office.” A spokeswoman for the public prosecutor’s office initially declined to comment. Trump himself left open whether he had been officially informed about possible charges and gave no further information about the alleged leaks in the public prosecutor’s office.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is investigating the ex-president over charges of paying hush money to porn actress Stormy Daniels. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, testified that she had an affair with Trump in 2006. Trump denies this. In 2016, Trump’s attorney at the time, Michael Cohen Daniels, reportedly paid $130,000 in hush money to avert damage from Trump’s presidential campaign at the time.
Grand jury decides indictment
Bragg began presenting evidence to a grand jury earlier this year in support of the $130,000 payment. In early March, his office asked Trump to testify before the grand jury, Trump’s attorney Susan Necheles said. From the point of view of legal experts, this is a sign that an indictment may be imminent. The grand jury hearings are not public. She must decide whether to press charges.
Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018 to campaign finance violations involving, among other things, facilitating payments to Daniels and another woman. He testified that Trump instructed him to make the payments. Trump initially denied knowing anything about the payment to Daniels in 2018. He later admitted to refunding Cohen the payment, which he called a “simple private transaction.”