why is Donald Trump at risk of being arrested and charged?

The former US president assured Saturday that he would be “arrested” on Tuesday and called for demonstrations. Accused of buying the silence of a pornographic actress he allegedly had an affair with with money from his 2016 presidential campaign, he could face charges.

The possible indictment of Donald Trump would be a first for a former US president. Accused by the courts of paying a bribe to a pornographic actress with whom he allegedly had an affair to buy his silence, he assured on Saturday that he would be “arrested” on Tuesday and called for demonstrations.

After having an affair with actress and porn director Stephanie Clifford, he allegedly paid her $130,000 to buy her silence.

The Republicans are in revolt

It was her former personal attorney Michael Cohen, who had become one of her worst enemies, who was responsible for paying the pornographic actress $130,000 to keep her quiet about this alleged 2006 relationship with Donald Trump.

Already convicted in this case, Michael Cohen testified at least twice last week before the grand jury in this investigation. On Friday, one of the former president’s lawyers, Joseph Tacopina, told the media that his client would “go” to New York justice if charged.

“The idea of ​​indicting a former president of the United States deeply concerns me, as does tens of millions of Americans,” former Vice President Mike Pence said, however, as quoted by The protector.

And the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy denounced on Twitter an “outrageous abuse of power by an extremist prosecutor who is unleashing violent criminals as he pursues political revenge against President Trump.”

Bribery campaign fund

This payment case took place just before the November 2016 presidential election, won by the billionaire Republican against Democrat Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump was not yet president of the United States.

He allegedly used money from his presidential campaign to make the payment, which New York prosecutors consider a hidden donation in violation of campaign finance laws. The investigation is almost complete, so Donald Trump could soon be indicted.

“The candidate of the Republican Party” in the 2024 presidential primaries, “and former president of the United States of America will be arrested next Tuesday,” Donald Trump launched on his social network Truth Social, speaking about him in the third person and write in capital letters.

So far, no one has confirmed this Tuesday date proposed by Donald Trump. One of his lawyers, Susan Necheles, told AFP that her client had decided to speak out on her Truth Social platform “based on press information” published over a few days about a possible charge the following week.

Summons for the prosecutor’s office

“Because this is a political prosecution, the prosecutor is resorting to leaks to the press instead of communicating with President Donald Trump’s lawyers as they normally should,” his advice denounced.

However, in case of an indictment, it will not happen in a classic way: the police will not come to his house to take him to jail. Due to his status as a former president, he will be summoned before the prosecutor’s office, which will inform him of the charges against him, and he should normally be released pending trial.

Law enforcement and local and federal security agencies are preparing for the possibility of this charge as early as next week, several senior officials familiar with these preparations told NBC on Friday, specifying that this planning remained preemptive.

Rumors of this possible indictment have multiplied since Donald Trump was invited to testify before a grand jury – a panel of citizens with broad investigative powers and responsible for confirming an indictment.

Call to protest

A possible sign of the prosecutor’s desire to prosecute the former president in the so-called “Stormy Daniels” case. Faced with this, Donald Trump poses as a victim and calls on his supporters to demonstrate. “Protest, take back our nation!” he wrote on his social network.

“We must save America, demonstrate, demonstrate, demonstrate!!!” Donald Trump repeated on his social network a few hours later.

These messages tie in with those he launched in late 2020, convinced he was “robbed” of the election against Joe Biden so that his supporters would demonstrate in Washington on January 6, 2021, a prelude to their attack on the US Capitol. that had shocked America and the world.

On his social media, he called the services of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, an elected magistrate and Democrat, “corrupt and highly political.”

Donald Trump was the subject of the first criminal investigation in the late 1970s New York Times.

Donald Trump, who is campaigning in the Republican primary for the 2024 presidential election, will hold a meeting this Saturday in Waco, Texas. And for billionaire Elon Musk, who made his Twitter recovery possible, if an arrest takes place, Trump will be re-elected in November 2024 in a landslide victory.

Antoine Heulard with Marine Ledoux

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