Donald Trump says he will be 'arrested' next Tuesday
< p class="sc-v64krj-0 dlqbmr">Republican Donald Trump on October 9, 2022, at a partisan rally in Arizona ahead of the midterm elections.
Citing a leak from the New York prosecutor's office, former US President Donald Trump said on his social network Truth Social on Saturday that he expects to be arrested on Tuesday in connection with an investigation. from the team of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
The Republican candidate and former President of the United States will be arrested on Tuesday next week, he said written in capital letters and speaking of himself in the third person.
Protest, take back control of our nation!
He did not provide any details on the grounds for his possible arrest, but said on Truth Social that it would take place without any crime being proven. His legal team has been anticipating this possibility for some time and is preparing for the next steps.
On Friday, one of Donald Trump's lawyers, Joseph Tacopina, had indicated to media that his client would go to court in New York if he were to be charged.
Signs and rumors have been multiplying for the past few days about a possible criminal indictment of Donald Trump by a grand jury. The New York Times and the Washington Postrevealed about a week ago that New York prosecutors had offered former US President Donald Trump to testify before a grand jury as part of an investigation into alleged bribes. paid to a pornographic actress, a procedure likely to lead to an indictment of the former head of state. Trump declined the offer, according to Reuters.
It would be a first for a former US president. No US president, either during a term or after, has faced criminal charges.
Witnesses have already appeared before a grand jury in this case, including Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, who has already been convicted in this case.
Michael Cohen was sentenced to more than three years in prison for committing tax evasion, lying to Congress and breaking campaign finance rules by buying the silence of two women who claim to have had affairs with Donald Trump.
Numerous criminal investigations into Donald Trump are ongoing, including in New York, Georgia and by federal authorities, including into his conduct regarding allegations of illegal campaign payments, election interference, efforts to invalidating his defeat in the 2020 presidential election and keeping top-secret documents in his home after he left office.
New York police forces have begun preparing devices of security, fearing slippages in case Trump is indicted.
The concerns extend beyond the borders of New York State. Palm Beach County, Florida district attorney David Aronberg told CNN in an interview on Saturday that protests would occur at his home too if Trump were charged. We should be concerned about potential violence.
The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has not yet commented on these claims.
With information from Agence  ;France-Presse, CNN, Guardian, and Reuters