Former U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday said he expects to be arrested on Tuesday and called on his supporters to protest any such move.
“Illegal leaks from a corrupt & highly political Manhattan district attorney’s office […] indicate that, with no crime being able to be proven, & based on an old and fully debunked (by numerous other prosecutors!) fairytale, the far & away leading Republican candidate & former president of the United States of America, will be arrested on Tuesday of next week,” Trump wrote on Truth Social, apparently refering to himself.
The post did not specify the reason why Donald Trump expects to be arrested, and a spoesperson has reportedly told journalists that his team had not received any notifications from prosecutors.
“Protest, take our nation back!” Trump’s post concluded, in a tone similar to his appeals to supporters in the wake of the 2020 presidential election.
Ongoing investigation about Stormy Daniels payout
It is understood that Trump’s statement on his social media platform is related to an ongoing investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
New York prosecutors have been reportedly investigating the $130,000 hush payment Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen made to porn actor Stormy Daniels during the politician’s 2016 campaign, in exchange for Daniels’ silence about an affair she claimed she had with Trump a decade earlier.
Bragg’s office earlier this month invited Trump to testify before the grand jury probing the payment, but he declined the offer, according to Reuters.
Commenting on Trump’s post about an anticipated arrest, his attorney Joe Tacopina told CNN that “President Trump is basing his response on press reports.”
If indicted, Trump will be the first U.S. President in history to have faced criminal charges -while in office or afterward.
Trump Announces 2024 Presidential Run
The former U.S. President announced his 2024 presidential run at his Mar-a-Lago club and home in Palm Beach, Florida, last November.
“I am announcing my candidacy for president of the United States,” Trump said, flanked by massive American flags.
The announcement and official filing come just a week after the 2022 midterm elections, which saw a lackluster performance from Trump-backed Republican candidates in key Senate races and competitive House elections. As a result, Democrats were able to retain control of the Senate.
The comeback on mainstream social media
In recent months, Trump has seen his accounts on mainstream social media Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram, gradually reinstated.
In the aftermath of the Capitol Hill riot, Donald Trump had been banned from using them for breaching their policy against inciting violence.
Twitter was the first social media platform to reinstate the former US President’s account, after its new owner, Elon Musk, ran a poll on the matter in November 2022.
His Facebook and Instagram accounts were restored by owner company Meta in late January 2023.