Former president Donald Trump claims he will be arrested on Tuesday over claims he paid porn star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about their purported affair.
It comes more than six years after Trump’s lawyers paid Daniels a total of $130,000 to keep silent about the affair, with New York prosecutors taking into account if he should face charges. Trump refutes the affair and awareness of the payments.
Trump claimed on his Truth Social account that the Manhattan DA’s office will arrest him within days and dubbed the investigation ‘corrupt and highly political‘, calling the alleged hush money payment an ‘old and fully debunked fairy-tale.’
If Trump’s claims about an approaching arrest are true, it would make him the first former president ever to face criminal charges. His post came hours after it was charged Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg was planning on indicting Trump next week.
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Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, reacted to the issue on Saturday by citing that if he’s charged, Trump would ‘be re-elected in a landslide victory’ in the 2024 presidential election.
A spokesman for Trump stated that he is ‘rightfully highlighting his innocence and the weaponization of our injustice system’.
Cohen served jail time after pleading guilty in two criminal cases, one of which included using campaign finances in relation to Daniels and another woman who allegedly had an affair with Trump.
He said he had been acting at his direction and that the payoffs were supposed to keep the affair stories out of public knowledge before the 2016 election. Trump has acknowledged compensating Cohen.
Daniels met with prosecutors on Wednesday to answer further questions in the case and her lawyer, Clark Brewster, said she would also make herself accessible as a witness in future, if necessary.
Cohen has also determined he’s given the grand jury incriminating testimony that implicates Trump. He testified for three hours on Monday.
Speaking beforehand, he said: ‘This is all about accountability. He needs to be held accountable for his dirty deeds.’
Consideration that charges were unavoidable also heightened when Bragg told Trump’s team that the former president could testify before the grand jury if he so chose -a notification usually at the end of a process that could mean an indictment is near.
Legal experts have said Trump could face one of two charges over the payments – but also admit that both would be problmematic to prove.
He could be charged with falsifying business records if it’s professed Trump knew his retainer agreement with Cohen was a fraud to expedite the payments. That would be a misdemeanor under New York law unless prosecutors prove records were falsified to disguise another crime, which would make it a felony.
That other crime could be that the payments violated state election law because the motive of the alleged pay off was to advance his campaign.
Trump could face up to four years in prison on those charges.
In 2022, Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg reduced 52% of all felony charges to a misdemeanor
Now he’s elevating a misdemeanor to a felony that the feds refused to prosecute to indict President Trump
Criminals roam free. Political opponents go to jail.
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