Former US President Donald Trump expects to face arrest on Tuesday of next week, he said Saturday in a social media post in which he urged supporters to take to the streets in protest.
In a rambling message to supporters, the former US leader accused the Manhattan District Attorney’s office of corruption and of having facilitated an increase in violent crime in their jurisdiction, before asserting that the office is “funded by George Soros” — a famously antisemitic rallying cry in certain political circles. He went on to write: “With no crime being able to be proven [and] based on an old [and] fully debunked … fairytale, the far [and] away leading Republican candidate [and] former president of the United States of America … will be arrested on Tuesday of next week. Protest, take our nation back!”
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Braggs spoke in broad terms about an ongoing investigation related to hush money Trump’s team allegedly paid out to adult entertainment star Stormy Daniels in an interview last week with MSNBC. Daniels reportedly met with Braggs’ office in recent days.
In the interview, which was conducted by famed civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton, the Democratic prosecutor denied claims that the investigation was politically motivated, saying: “We follow the facts. Doesn’t matter what party you are, or your background. What did you do, and what does the law say?”
Trump’s calls for protests have raised hackles given the events of January 6, 2021, when supporters of the former president violently stormed the US Capitol Building.
This is a developing story.