The former US president stirs up the ghost of January 6 by attributing the information of his alleged arrest, linked to the cause of payment to the porn star Stormy Daniels, to a leak
True to his style, capable of stirring up the calm waters of a Saturday morning in the United States with a simple message on a social network, Donald Trump woke up saying, without providing evidence, that he would be arrested on Tuesday, for which he summons his followers to protest to “recover” the “nation”. The former president has done so in an angry post on his platform, Truth Social, written in all caps, which, according to internet etiquette, is tantamount to shouting. In it, he criticizes the “corrupt and highly politicized Manhattan district attorney’s office.” Trump wrote that message two days after it emerged in the media that Democratic prosecutor Alvin Bragg is considering indicting him as soon as early next week. for a secret money payment to the porn film star Stormy Daniels, to buy his silence and bury an alleged affair before the 2016 elections that led him to the White House.
The post tells its nearly five million followers: “Illegal leaks from a corrupt and highly politicized Manhattan district attorney’s office, which has allowed new records to be broken in violent crime and whose leader is financed by [the millionaire] George Soros, indicate that, without provable wrongdoing, and based on an old and thoroughly debunked (by numerous other prosecutors!) fairy tale, the best-ranked Republican candidate by far [for the 2024 presidential election] and The former president of the United States will be arrested on Tuesday of next week. Protest, take back our nation!”
Two hours after publishing his volley, a spokesman for the former president issued a statement saying Trump had not written it with more information than was available to the rest of the public, and in doing so lacked details about the timing of the alleged arrest. or even if it will occur. “There has been no notification, other than illegal leaks from the Department of Justice and the District Attorney’s office, to NBC and other fake news providers, that the George Soros-funded Radical Democratic Left [sic] prosecutor in Manhattan has decided to take his witch hunt to the next level. President Trump is rightly defending his innocence and underscoring how our system of injustice is being instrumentalized against him.” If it occurs, it would not be his first arrest; he already faced criminal charges in the 1970s. The statement added that Trump will be in Texas next weekend for a “big rally.” He will be in Waco town.
The New York Attorney’s Office has not reacted to the Truth Social publication.
The rhetoric of the message is unequivocally Trumpian, with detours in the form of subordinate phrases, anacoluts, the use of capital letters, the use of Soros, one of his favorite ghosts, or the third person to refer to himself. And it is inevitable to hear, after the exhortation to protest launched to his followers, the echoes of his calls prior to the insurrection of January 6, 2021, that led to an assault on the Capitol. The most famous of those messages read: “Be there. It will be wild.”
Stormy Daniels, in Berlin in 2018.MARKUS SCHREIBER (AP)
The New York Times last week cited four anonymous sources with knowledge of the Stormy Daniels case to say that the former president had been given the opportunity to appear before a Manhattan grand jury. Both the district attorney’s spokeswoman and attorneys representing Trump declined to comment. That gesture of offering him the option to testify is one of the signs that considering the customs of the US judicial system, invites us to think about a prompt imputation.
This week, the media have reported meetings between different local, state, and federal agencies to discuss the best way to prepare for a Trump arrest. Among those summoned to those meetings were the New York police, members of the city court, the United States Secret Service, the FBI, and the District Attorney’s Office.
Daniels maintains that he had a sexual relationship with Trump and received $130,000 [about 121,300 euros] in the last days of the 2016 presidential campaign in exchange for his silence. He has always denied that such a relationship existed. Her former attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018 to a federal crime for making that payment.
In addition to this case, Trump has investigations pending with the courts for the classified documents found at his private residence in Mar-a-Lago (Florida), under the supervision of a special prosecutor; for his possible involvement on Jan. 6 and for his attempted potluck in Georgia (he lobbied his Secretary of State, Republican Brad Raffensperger, to “find” enough votes to reverse Biden’s 2020 victory ). In addition, there are two investigations of an economic nature due to his commercial practices and those of his companies, in particular, due to the accusations that he misrepresented the value of his assets before the lenders and the Treasury to guarantee preferential conditions and tax exemptions.
The speaker of the House of Representatives, Republican Kevin McCarthy, jumped into the Twitter arena this Saturday to accuse Bragg of “a scandalous abuse of power” and of “pursuing political revenge” against Trump. “I will ask the relevant committees to immediately investigate whether federal funds are being used to subvert our democracy by interfering in elections with politically motivated prosecutions,” he promised.
Trump, fully immersed in his third campaign for the White House, for which serious competitors appear, such as the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, had prepared the ground this Saturday with another message, published two hours earlier, also on Truth Social and also in capital letters, which read: “Our nation is now a Third World country and it is dying. The American dream is dead! Radical left anarchists have stolen our presidential elections, and with them, the heart of our country. American patriots are being rounded up and held captive like animals, while left-wing criminals and thugs are allowed to roam the streets, killing and burning without consequence. Millions [of immigrants] are flooding [the United States] through our open borders, many coming from prisons and mental institutions. Crime and inflation are destroying our way of life…”
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