Law enforcement officials are stepping up security around the New York County Superior Court after Donald Trump urged Americans to protest pending criminal charges against him over Stormy Daniels’ silent payments.
Prosecutors from the Manhattan district attorney’s office are meeting today to discuss how to handle the announcement of Trump’s indictment and arrest, which the former president claimed would happen on Tuesday.
Officials are also preparing for demonstrations that could turn violent after Trump posted a provocative call for Americans to “protest, protest, protest” as he raged online about the legal issue.
The former president risked unrest by posting on his platform TruthSocial that “it’s time” and called on his supporters to stage demonstrations and “save America.”
Trump’s letter, written entirely in capital letters, was released hours after he said he would be arrested on Tuesday over allegations that he broke the law by paying porn star Daniels $130,000 to hush up their alleged affair, which he denies ever happened.
Trump called on Americans to protest in an angry post on his TruthSocial social media platform
The post, written entirely in block letters, was posted hours after Trump announced he would be arrested on Tuesday
Trump denies he had a sexual relationship with Daniels (pictured with Trump) and his lawyer has described her $130,000 payment for the quiet as a “disturbing payment” that the rich or famous sometimes pay to hide a distraction.
“We can’t allow this anymore,” Trump wrote. They are killing our nation while we sit back and watch. We must save America! Protest, protest, protest!!! ‘
The post echoed similar calls to protest his loss in the election in the hours and days leading up to the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021 — and it comes as law enforcement told Dailymail.com they were preparing for demonstrations and discussions about security were already under way.
Supporters have already begun gathering at the bridge near his home in Mar a Lago, Florida, on Saturday afternoon. A woman named Debbie Maccia held up a banner that read, “The people of the bridge stand with Trump.”
Trump started the post: It’s about time!!! We are a country in deep decline, being led into World War III by a crooked politician who doesn’t even know he’s alive, but who is surrounded by evil and sin, based on their actions of destroying and eliminating the police force. , open borders, no voter identity, inflation, higher taxes, and so much more, one can only hate the United States of America that is now failing. ‘
Trump’s claim that he will soon be arrested comes more than six years after his lawyer paid Daniels a total of $130,000 during the 2016 election campaign not to talk about their alleged sexual relations.
Trump said the Manhattan da office.
The call for a protest is likely to draw heavy criticism after Trump’s remarks in the days leading up to the deadly riot at the Capitol.
On the morning of January 6, he gave a rousing speech to his supporters in Washington and said, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching to the Capitol to make your voices peaceful and patriotic.”
And he concluded his speech: We are fighting. We fight like hell and if you don’t fight like hell you won’t have a country anymore. So let’s walk down Pennsylvania Avenue.
Protests over the election result later turned violent as thousands of people descended on the Capitol. Large sections of the group stormed the building and hundreds were later charged in the riot.
Trump supporters have arrived at the Mar-a-Lago, Florida resort after his call for protests
Trump is currently trapped at Mar-a-Lago Resort, Palm Beach, Florida (pictured today)
Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, in Palm Beach, Florida, is where a small group of his supporters gathered on Saturday.
A law enforcement official told DailyMail.com that the DA’s Manhattan office will meet Saturday afternoon to discuss how they will handle an announcement regarding the indictment and make preparations with other agencies including the DA’s squad, state court personnel, US intelligence and the NYPD’s Strategy. Response Group to provide security in and around the New York County Superior Court.
The official said the NYPD will provide security around the courtroom and have additional officers on standby in case a broader mobilization is necessary.
“I am sure the NYPD will be more prepared than the Capitol Police,” the source added. They were just outnumbered, and exhausted. They did not have the manpower.
Still, the official said: ‘I think there will be demonstrations on both sides of the aisle regarding this indictment. Let’s just hope they stay peaceful and there are no property damages and people getting hurt. This is the main issue we are concerned with. We don’t want anyone to get hurt, like the last real person walking around here with Black Lives Matter protests.
“I think there will be people coming from other regions,” the source added. In Manhattan, most of the residents are Democrats and they will have no real existence, unless they go there to protest against the people of Trump. This is where the problem lies. You get one side coming up and then you get the other side coming up with the other opinion and that’s when you can have a conflict.
“Let’s just hope no one gets hurt,” he continued. “We’ll see soon enough.”
The post mentioned Trump’s calls for a protest on January 6, 2021, before a large group of his supporters stormed the Capitol.
Riot police tackle a mob of US President Donald Trump’s supporters after they stormed the Capitol building on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.
Before calling the protests, Trump called the case against him “extremely corrupt and political,” describing the alleged hush money payment as “an old fairy tale, completely exposed.”
Even a former federal prosecutor warned Saturday that Trump’s social media post detailing his expected arrest could lead to him being denied bail if he is caught.
MSNBC legal analyst Glenn Kirshner compared all the controversies to his posts leading up to the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot — and said they could affect the terms of his release.
Referring to the initial post that claimed Trump’s arrest was imminent, Kirshner said, “I’m going to slap a government poster on that post and present it as his criminal trial.”
“He has now just given the judge who will preside over his hearing food for thought what kind of conditions must be made for this dangerous man’s release pending trial.”
If Trump’s allegations of an imminent arrest are true, he would be the first former president to face criminal charges. His post came hours after it was claimed that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg was planning to indict Trump next week.
Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, responded to the development on Saturday by saying that if he is indicted, Trump will be re-elected with a landslide victory in the 2024 presidential election. Legal experts say Trump could still be elected president even if he is indicted or Convicted.
A Trump spokesperson said he was “rightfully highlighting his innocence and weaponizing our system of injustice”.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy angered Republicans on Saturday against the possibility of impeachment against Trump
“Here we go again — an outrageous abuse of power by a radical DA who lets violent criminals walk while seeking political revenge against President Trump,” said House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
“I am directing the relevant committees to immediately investigate whether federal funds are being used to undermine our democracy by interfering with elections through politically motivated prosecutions.”
Last week, the former president and hopeful in 2024 was called upon to testify before a grand jury in Manhattan, with Michael Cohen testifying Monday.
Cohen served prison time after pleading guilty to two criminal cases, one of which involved the use of campaign funds in connection with Daniels and another woman who allegedly had an affair with Trump.
He said he was acting at his behest and that the payoffs were meant to keep stories of the case out of public knowledge before the 2016 election. Trump has admitted to compensating Cohen
Daniels met with prosecutors on Wednesday to answer more questions in the case, and her attorney, Clark Brewster, said she would also make herself available as a witness in the future, if needed.
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