Edited by Liz
Early Saturday morning, Trump took to his Truth Social account to make a big announcement.
He posted that he expected to be arrested in the Stormy Daniels’ Hush Money case, this Tuesday.
The post read, “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!!”
The ending of the post sounds eerily familiar to statements that the former President made to his supporters on January 6, 2021, shortly before they stormed the U.S. Capitol building to prevent Joe Biden from being certified as the 46th President of the United States. Because of the Truth Social post, local and federal law enforcement are gearing up for what could be violent protests on Tuesday, as reported by WNBC.
Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the Republican leader and Speaker of the House, commented on the situation by tweeting, “I’m directing relevant committees to immediately investigate if federal funds are being used to subvert our democracy by interfering in elections with politically motivated prosecutions.”
Many republicans on Twitter have echoed similar statements, claiming that the pending indictment is solely political, including J.D Vance (R-OH), who claimed that Alvin Bragg, New York County District Attorney, is “bought” by billionaire George Soros.
Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene also gave their thoughts on the potential arrest. Both continue to claim that the case, the charges, and the pending indictment are all political attacks against the former President, who is running to be President again in 2024. Greene would later tweet in reference to Trump’s possible arrest, “This is exactly why every single Republican should go scorched earth.”
All three of these politicians have been Trump’s most ardent supporters in Congress. Democrats also weighed in on Trump’s post calling for protests for when he is arrested. Erick Swalwell (D-CA) tweeted, “His goal is acts of violence in his name. And we must be prepared to protect against it.”
Nancy Pelosi, who recently stepped down from her leadership role in the Democratic party, tweeted, “The former president’s announcement this morning is reckless: doing so to keep himself in the news & to foment unrest among his supporters.”
It is unclear if Trump will actually be indicted Tuesday and how he even knew the date of his arrest in the first place. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has declined to comment on both accounts.
This is the culmination of a 6 year investigation into whether or not Trump attempted to silence Stormy Daniels leading up to the 2016 Presidential Election. CBS has a full timeline of events.
Trump allegedly had an affair with Stormy Daniels, a former porn star, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, in the mid 2000s. When Trump was running for President, a payment was made to Stormy Daniels to keep her from talking about the affair in the run up to the 2016 election.
Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer and the “fixer” who actually made the payment to Stormy Daniels, testified before the Manhattan Grand Jury in this case.
Cohen previously was sentenced to 3 years in prison for his role in the Stormy Daniels payment in a separate case and he claims that he made the payment as directed by Donald Trump.
Cohen was of course one of two main witnesses that many expected to hear from in the Grand Jury hearings on whether or not Trump should be indicted in connection to the hush money payment. The other, Stormy Daniels herself.
The clear disdain these two two witnesses have against Trump make this case hard to predict. No official statement has been made from the DA's office, so we will have to wait and see what happens tomorrow.
UPDATE: As of 6:30 Eastern Time on 3/21/23, Donald Trump has yet to be indicted.
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