With an indictment by a Manhattan grand jury expected but its timing uncertain, Donald J. Trump attempted to rally his supporters by predicting he would be arrested on Tuesday and called for demonstrations.
The impact of Trump’s social media post was immediate: Within hours, Speaker Kevin McCarthy, one of the most powerful people in the federal government who partially owes his position to Trump, posted on Twitter that he was calling for investigations into whether federal funds were being used for “politically motivated prosecutions,” a threat to Manhattan’s district attorney Alvin L. Bragg.
Prosecutors working for Bragg have indicated that Trump’s indictment may be forthcoming. Nevertheless, they have not notified Trump’s attorneys when the charges — which are anticipated to come from a 2016 hush money payment to a pornstar — would be filed or an arrest made, according to individuals familiar with the situation.
At least one other person is anticipated to testify before the grand jury, which may delay an indictment, according to individuals. Even if the grand jury votes to indict the former president on Monday, it is doubtful that he will surrender on Tuesday due to the necessity to coordinate travel and other difficulties.
The statement from Trump’s spokesperson did not explain how the Tuesday arrest date was determined. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, Trump’s aides had predicted that the event may occur around that time, and someone may have passed this information to the previous president.
Susan R. Necheles, an attorney for Trump, stated that his tweet was based on news articles and accused the Manhattan district attorney’s office of launching a “political prosecution.”
In the late 1970s, Trump was the subject of his first criminal investigation. Trump, who announced his third presidential campaign in November and leads his Republican opponents in most surveys, faced his first criminal inquiry in the late 1970s. One of the persons stated that he has been really nervous about the possibility of an arrest, which is likely to include fingerprinting.
Trump’s Presidential Bid
An indictment might increase former President Donald Trump’s prospects of receiving the 2024 Republican nomination. At least, that is the opinion of Trump supporters who talked with NBC News on Monday at a rally in Davenport, Iowa – the site of the first nominating contest of the year.
Whatever impact an indictment or conviction might have on Trump’s chances of winning the 2024 general election, his first aim is to get the Republican nomination. In the early rounds of the election, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has not yet declared his candidacy, has established himself as the most formidable competitor.
The operative stated that a portion of the Republican Party believes Trump would already have difficulty defeating a Democrat and is seeking an alternate candidate. Numerous prominent Republicans rushed to Trump’s rescue on Saturday, indicating that they do not fear electoral repercussions for supporting him.