Is it finally happening?! Donald Trump believes he’ll be taken into custody by next week!
The 76-year-old former president took to his social media platform, Truth Social, on Saturday morning to announce that he expects to be arrested on Tuesday! Citing “illegal leaks,” he wrote in all caps:
“THE FAR & AWAY LEADING REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE & FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WILL BE ARRESTED ON TUESDAY OF NEXT WEEK. PROTEST, TAKE OUR NATION BACK!”
He then said in a follow-up post that America is “now third world” and “dying,” adding that “American patriots are being arrested and held in captivity like animals.” Trump then said that “radical left anarchists have stollen [sic] our presidential election, and with it, the heart of our … country.”
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Per People, his posts referenced several reports from outlets like the Associated Press and CBS about how he could be facing criminal charges in the Stormy Daniels hush money case. As we previously reported, the Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has been investigating Trump for paying the adult film actress $130,000 in hush money to keep quiet about their affair before the 2016 presidential election, which is an illegal campaign contribution. He has long denied the accusations and even shut down the claim that he had an affair with Stormy.
However, his former attorney/personal fixer Michael Cohen, who was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in silencing Stormy, said Trump directed him to make the payments and then reimbursed him for it through the Trump Organization, which the company cited as legal expenses. And last week, Bragg invited Trump to appear before a grand jury and testify as part of the investigation into his role in the crime. A move that apparently happens before criminal charges are filed.
If Trump is indicted next week, CNN reported that his Secret Service detail must bring him in for fingerprinting and to have his mugshot taken. He would then be brought to an arraignment before a judge. Now, these charges could be the first of many considering how many investigations he is currently facing. But more than that we are entering uncharted waters, as Axios reported, this move would make Trump the first sitting or former president to face criminal charges.
While Trump will no doubt continue to spew how this is nothing more than a “witch hunt,” he is clearly unnerved by this legal move and trying to deflect based on his latest message. But we’ll have to wait and see if this arrest actually happens next week. Reactions, Perezcious readers? Let us know in the comments below!
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