Trump said he might be arrested on Tuesday, calling on his supporters to protest

Trump said he might be arrested on Tuesday, calling on his supporters to protest

Trump said he might be arrested on Tuesday, called on his supporters to to the protests

Former US President Donald Trump (pictured on November 8, 2022).

Washington – Former US President Donald Trump claimed today that he could be arrested on Tuesday. According to him, this is indicated by information leaked from the prosecutor's office in Manhattan, which is investigating the ex-president on suspicion of financial crime. In a statement on his social network Truth Social, Trump called on his followers to take to the streets. The State Prosecutor's Office refused to comment on the matter, Reuters wrote.

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Trump's assertion came after media reports that Manhattan U.S. Attorney Alvin Bragg is consulting with New York authorities about possible security aspects of a scenario in which Trump is impeached. The New York Times previously reported that the former president could soon face indictment in the case of alleged payments for the confidentiality of two women during the height of the campaign before the 2016 presidential election. he also did not say whether he was only speculating based on media information, or whether he had another source for his prediction. He spoke only of the “illegal leaks” of information from the Manhattan prosecutor's office, which he again called corrupt.

“Protest, take back our country!” he added at the end of his post, in which some American journalists saw echoes of the rhetoric that preceded the violence in the building of Congress on January 6, 2021.

If the prosecutor's office actually brought charges against Trump, it would be the first criminal prosecution of any of the American ex-presidents. At the same time, it might not be the last for Trump, as the president from 2017 to 2021 faces investigations in other cases as well, mainly because of his campaign after losing the 2020 elections and because of his reluctance to hand over sensitive government documents after leaving the White House.

In the above-mentioned case from 2016, it concerns payments totaling $280,000 (CZK 6.3 million), which former Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen presented as bribes to two women for secrecy about their romances with Trump. He denies the intimate relationship with porn actress Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal. Bragg's investigation is not directly concerned with this aspect, but with the question of whether the then-presidential candidate committed a crime when the transaction was not reported as a campaign expenditure. Attorney Cohen was later convicted of campaign finance violations and other crimes.