In a latest statement from Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign team on Tuesday, a photo shows two New York Police (NYPD) handlers quietly unloading a metal barrier from a truck.
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In the meantime, he must answer in court for a case of payment of US $ 130,000, just before his presidential victory in November 2016, to the actress of pornographic films Stormy Daniels, with whom he would have had an affair.
Outside the offices of New York State Attorney for the District of Manhattan, Alvin Bragg, reporters speculate on when the Democratic magistrate and a grand jury — a citizens’ panel with sweeping investigative powers and tasked with endorse an indictment – will rule on a charge.
Trump denounces a “witch hunt”
Trump had struck hard on Saturday morning by saying on his Truth Social network that he would be formally and symbolically charged and
stopped this Tuesday.
Several media are now referring to a press release from the prosecutor on Wednesday, announcing the indictment and, only next week, the appearance of Donald Trump in court to notify him of the charges and to symbolically place him under arrest for a few minutes.
For an American president in office or having left the White House, such an indictment would be historic and unprecedented.
The billionaire denounced a
witch hunt led by the Democrats, but his calls for
manifest have drawn a blank.
Only about 40 supporters gathered outside his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida on Tuesday and a few dozen more in the cold New York on Monday outside the courthouse and the Trump Tower of the 5e Avenue.
However, fearing clashes in a city with a violent history, an NYPD spokesperson warned in an email that
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Fear of violence
In the absence of large-scale demonstrations in the streets, the Trumpists are beating the drum on social networks. In an attempt to block the legal questioning of their hero, the group “The Donald” wants to trigger since Monday a
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The case of pornographic actress Stormy Daniels is legally complex. New York justice seeks to determine whether Donald Trump is guilty of misrepresentation, which constitutes an offense, or of violation of the laws on campaign financing, which is a criminal offense, by having paid $ 130,000 US to this woman , real name Stephanie Clifford, in the weeks leading up to the November 2016 election.
What purpose? For her to conceal a supposed extramarital relationship of the billionaire ten years earlier, according to the prosecution.
The investigation accelerated last week. Michael Cohen, a former lawyer and now an enemy of Trump who paid off Stormy Daniels in 2016, had testified before the grand jury. The actress had also, at the very least, cooperated with prosecutors and that same panel.
Donald Trump had also been invited to speak before this grand jury, according to the American press, and one of his lawyers had assured that he would
would make willingly to a summons from the New York justice system.
If the former head of state arrives at the Manhattan court to be charged, in an inevitable media mess, he will very symbolically be placed there for a few moments under arrest, photographed, and his fingerprints will be taken. He might even be handcuffed for a few minutes.
The main fear of the authorities is a repeat of the violence of the assault on the Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021, when Donald Trump, defeated at the polls in November 2020, called on his supporters to challenge the results. He still feels that victory was his
stolen by President Joe Biden.