FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. President Trump holds a campaign rally in Davenport, Iowa
OAN correspondent Daniel Baldwin
10:11 AM PT – Saturday, March 18, 2023
Former President Donald Trump said he believes he will be arrested on Tuesday amidst an investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is investigating the 45th president’s alleged role in his company’s classification of a $130,000 hush money payment to adult actress Stormy Daniels. Trump called for protests over the possible looming indictment.
Reports indicated that New York law enforcement officials were making security preparations for a possible indictment. The expectation is that the 45th president will be charged in connection with an alleged hush payment Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney, paid to adult actress Stormy Daniels. Cohen reportedly paid $130,000 to Daniels. Reports say prosecutors are expected to accuse Trump of overseeing the false recording of his reimbursement to Cohen in his company’s record keepings.
Trump’s campaign has aggressively defended and maintained his innocence. Trump campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung dismissed the allegations altogether Thursday, saying Trump is “completely innocent.”
“President Donald J. Trump is completely innocent,” the statement said. “He did nothing wrong, and even the biggest, most Radical Left Democrats are making that clear.”
Many lawmakers, news outlets, and legal experts are questioning the grounds of this looming indictment. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) called the possible indictment “an outrageous abuse of power by a radical DA.”
Here we go again — an outrageous abuse of power by a radical DA who lets violent criminals walk as he pursues political vengeance against President Trump.
I’m directing relevant committees to immediately investigate if federal funds are being used to subvert our democracy by… https://t.co/elpbh7LeWn
— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) March 18, 2023
Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) called the situation “an absurd abuse of the criminal process in our politics.”
Virtually every campaign finance violation involves either 1) spending other people’s money illegally or 2) taking money into your campaign that you shouldn’t.
Trump did neither. He used his own money to resolve a private dispute, irrespective of any campaign.
The impending… https://t.co/ojtyQ0yZvU
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) March 18, 2023
Twitter CEO Elon Musk also stated that if Trump is arrested, he would win the 2024 presidential re-election in a “landslide.”
The New York Post previously reported that Bragg, who has been funded by left-wing mega donor George Soros, had downgraded 52% of felony charges to misdemeanors since taking office in January 2022.
Trump campaign spokeswoman Liz Harrington took aim at Bragg and the possible looming indictment, writing “only failing third world nations try to arrest the political opposition on phony charges.”
Only failing third world nations try to arrest the political opposition on phony charges. Evil people are trying to destroy America, but they will not win! pic.twitter.com/WOAOI3XwCl
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) March 18, 2023
Trump is currently the odds-on favorite to become the GOP presidential candidate in 2024 and has his first rally scheduled Saturday, March 25 in Waco, Texas.
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