Donald Trump says he will be arrested on TUESDAY, as New York prosecutors move to indict him over hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels
- The former president claimed the Manhattan DA’s office will arrest him on over the allegations within days
- His lawyers paid Daniels during the run up to the 2016 election to keep quiet about the affair
- Trump would become the first former president ever to face criminal charges if he’s indicted
Former president Donald Trump claims he will be arrested on Tuesday over claims he paid porn star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about their alleged affair.
It comes more than six years after Trump’s lawyers allegedly paid Daniels at total of $130,000 to keep quiet about the affair, with New York prosecutors considering if he should face charges.
Trump claimed on his Truth Social account that the Manhattan DA’s office will arrest him within days and branded the probe ‘corrupt and highly political’, calling the alleged hush money payment an ‘old and fully debunked fairy-tale.’
Last week the former president and 2024 hopeful was invited to testify before a Manhattan grand jury, with his long-time fixer and former lawyer Michael Cohen testifying on Monday.
If Trump’s claims are true, it would make him the first former president ever to face criminal charges. His post came hours after it was claimed Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg was planning on indicting Trump next week.
Trump’s lawyer said the former president continues to deny the substance of the allegations of a sexual relationship with Daniels (pictured with Trump), calling the $130,000 a ‘nuisance payment’ that wealthy or famous people sometimes pay to make a distracting situation disappear
He branded them ‘corrupt and highly political’, calling the alleged hush money payment an ‘old and fully debunked fairy-tale
It comes more than six years after Trump’s lawyers allegedly paid Daniels to keep quiet about the affair, with New York prosecutors considering if he should face charges
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 Mr. Trump.
He said he had been acting at his command and that the payoffs were supposed to keep the affair stories out of public knowledge before the 2016 election.
Daniels met with prosecutors on Wednesday to answer further questions in the case and her lawyer, Clark Brewster, said she would also make herself available as a witness in future, if required.
Cohen has also indicated he’s given the grand jury damning 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.’
Speculation that charges were imminent also increased 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.
Daniels met with prosecutors on Wednesday to answer further questions in the case and tweeted her thanks to her attorney for ‘helping me in our continuing fight for truth and justice’
Trump’s lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, also said this week that an indictment was ‘more probable’ because of the recent developments.
‘But the one thing I still hold on to is hope that justice will prevail,’ he said.
Tacopina also said he hopes Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg’s office ‘won’t stoop to the level of Mark Pomerantz, who was out there looking for a crime that fits the person.’
Tacopina referred to a memoir by former Manhattan Special Assistant District Attorney Mark Pomerantz, who led the office’s investigation into Trump for a year beginning in February 2021.
In a letter sent to the New York City’s Department of Investigation commissioner last Friday, Trump’s attorney accused Bragg and his predecessor, Cyrus Vance, Jr., of conducting a ‘politically motivated investigation.’
The prosecutors ‘weaponized’ their office, Tacopina wrote, ‘scouring every aspect of President Trump’s personal life and business affairs, going back decades, in the hopes of finding some legal basis — however far-fetched, novel or convoluted — to prosecute him.’
Vance has said ‘it is hard to argue the previous investigations were politically motivated’.