Former US President Donald Trump announced on his Truth Social social network that he expects to be arrested next Tuesday and called for demonstrations, in the face of a possible accusation for a bribe paid to a pornographic actress.
Trump said there were “leaks” from the “corrupt and highly politicized” Manhattan district attorney’s office announcing the impending arrest. Trump aspires to run for the White House again in 2024.
“The leading Republican candidate and former President of the United States will be arrested Tuesday of next week. Protest, Take Back Our Nation!” he said.
The investigation centers on a payment of $130,000 made before the 2016 elections so that Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, would not reveal the relationship she claims she had with Trump years before and which the former president denies.
Prosecutors are considering filing charges against Trump in this case. If the Manhattan district attorney indicts Trump, the 76-year-old tycoon would become the first former US president to be charged with a crime.
On Friday, the former president’s attorney told CNBC that his client would turn himself in to face criminal charges if indicted by a Manhattan grand jury.