NEW YORK (AP) – Donald Trump said in a social media post that he expects to be arrested Tuesday as a pro The New York Attorney General is looking forward to the charges In a case examining hush money paid to women who alleged sexual encounters with the former president.
Trump said in a post on the Truth Social network early Saturday that “illegal leaks” from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office indicate that “the far-leading Republican nominee and former President of the United States of America, will be arrested next Tuesday. Week.”
Letters left on Saturday with the prosecutor’s office were not immediately returned. Trump’s representatives did not immediately respond to calls for comment.
Trump did not provide any details on social media about how he learned of the expected arrest. In his posts, he has repeated his lies that the 2020 presidential election he lost to Democrat Joe Biden was stolen and urged his followers to “protest our homeland again!” That language evoked the then-president’s message that preceded the riot at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
New York law enforcement officials are making security preparations for the possible indictment of Trump.
There has been no public announcement of any time frame for the grand jury’s secret action in the case, including any possible vote on whether to indict the former president.
Trump’s post echoes one last summer when he broke the news on Truth Socia that the FBI was searching his home as part of an investigation into possible mishandling of classified documents.
A Manhattan grand jury heard witnesses, including Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen, who said he orchestrated payments in 2016 to two women to silence them about sexual encounters they said they had with Trump a decade earlier.
Trump denies the confrontations took place, says he did nothing wrong, and has called the investigation a “witch hunt” by a Democratic attorney general bent on sabotaging the Republican’s 2024 presidential campaign.
It appears the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, Alvin Bragg, was examining whether any state laws were violated regarding the payments or how Trump’s company compensated Cohen for his work to keep the women’s allegations quiet.
Daniels and at least two former Trump aides — one-time political adviser Kellyanne Conway and former spokeswoman Hope Hicks — are among witnesses who have met with prosecutors in recent weeks.
Cohen said that at Trump’s direction, he arranged payments totaling $280,000 to pornographic actor Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal. According to Cohen, the payments were to buy their silence about Trump, who was then in the midst of his first presidential campaign.
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