Trump claims he will be arrested next week, calls for protest
Washington (US), March 19: Former US President Donald Trump has alleged that "he will be arrested on Tuesday" of next week as part of a year-long investigation into a hush-money scheme, and also asked his supporters to protest the move.
On Saturday, he took to Truth Social, his social media platform (local time), and thundered in all-caps: "THE FAR & AWAY LEADING REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE & FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WILL BE ARRESTED ON TUESDAY OF NEXT WEEK. PROTEST, TAKE OUR NATION BACK!,"
According to CNN, meetings have been held this week in New York City between city, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to discuss how to prepare for a possible indictment of Trump in connection with a yearlong investigation into a hush-money scheme involving Stormy Daniels.
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Any indictment of the former President, who is running for re-election in 2024, would be a historic first and would dramatically alter the political conversation surrounding an already divisive figure. While Trump has a long history of civil litigation, both before and after taking office, a criminal charge would be a dramatic escalation of his legal woes as he attempts to reclaim the presidency.
Meanwhile, Trump did not specify what he has been told about an indictment and potential charges, but his legal team has been anticipating it and preparing behind the scenes for the next steps, according to CNN.
Following the formal charges, the former president is expected to appear in Manhattan and has expressed interest in making a speech, though whether he does so remains to be seen.
According to a campaign spokesperson, "no notification" was given to Trump other than "illegal leaks" to news outlets by prosecutors.
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