Former President Donald Trump said in a social media post that he expects New York prosecutors to make arrests on Tuesday. target shooting A case investigating hush money paid to a woman who claimed to have had a sexual encounter with the former president.
In a post on his Truth social network early Saturday, Trump said an “illegal leak” from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office was “a remote and major Republican candidate and former president of the United States of America. Arrests will be made next Tuesday. “
Trump’s attorney Susan Necheres explained in a text to CBS News on Saturday that this was speculation from the former president.
“As President Trump has stated, his post is based on media coverage. We have had a practice of leaking everything to the normal case.”
Trump did not give details on social media about how he knew about the expected arrest. In his post, he repeated claims that the 2020 presidential election, which he lost to Democrat Joe Biden, was stolen, urging his supporters to “protest and take back our country!” bottom.
Earlier Saturday afternoon, Trump posted another letter on his Truth social network, writing, “We are a country in rapid decline, threatened by a crooked politician who doesn’t even know he’s alive. Led by World War II, but surrounded by evil. , wicked people who can only hate our currently failing United States.
A Trump spokesperson said Trump plans to hold a rally next week.
“Notice that the radical left Democratic prosecutors in Manhattan funded by George Soros have decided to go on a witch hunt is nothing more than an illegal leak from the Department of Justice and the Attorney’s Office to NBC and other fake news carriers. It was next level,” a Trump spokesperson said Saturday. “President Trump duly underlines his innocence and the weaponization of our corrupt system. He will be in Texas next weekend for a huge rally. Make America Great Again!”
There was no official word on the timeframe for a grand jury’s covert work in the case, including a potential vote on whether to indict the former president.
Still, the Trump campaign is preparing a “strong” aggressive public relations campaign to push back the possibility of imminent indictment, a senior Trump adviser said. They coordinated proxy and messaging attacks to engage the district attorney’s office head-on, they say.
Law enforcement officials in New York are preparing security for possible prosecution of Trump.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy Weighted Regarding Trump’s claim that he will soon be indicted, he said Congress would investigate the hypothetical move, calling it “an exorbitant abuse of power by a radical DA.”
A California Republican tweeted, “Extraordinary abuse of power by radical DA to neglect violent criminals in pursuit of political vendetta against President Trump.” “I am directing the relevant commissions to immediately investigate whether federal funds are being used to subvert democracy by obstructing elections with politically motivated prosecutions.”
Manhattan prosecutors are investigating Trump’s alleged $130,000 hush payment to adult movie star Stormy Daniels 2016 recently invited This is a step commonly taken before being indicted in New York.
Trump said he had done nothing wrong and called the investigation a “witch hunt” by Democratic prosecutors trying to sabotage the 2024 Republican presidential campaign.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office has questioned whether state law was broken in relation to the payments, or whether Trump’s firm compensated former attorney Michael Cohen for trying to silence the woman’s allegations. seems to be investigating
— Fin Gomez contributed to this report