Trump’s assertion that he will be arrested on Tuesday raises questions in my mind… The specificity leads me to think he’s been warned. That in and of itself is not out of the ordinary. He’s a former President after all... He’s under the constant supervision of the Secret Service so there’s little chance of him fleeing justice. I don’t see any reason not to quietly inform him as a courtesy… So if what he says isn’t delusional paranoia, there’s a chance somebody gave him a heads up despite his camp’s almost immediate denials.
Former President Donald Trump predicted Saturday morning that he will be arrested next Tuesday for his role in making an alleged $130,000 hush money payment to an adult film actress in the waning days of the 2016 election to silence her about claims she'd had an affair with him.
The speculation about Trump's potential legal trouble as an investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney's office nears its conclusion has put law enforcement and the political world on edge. If Trump's claims prove true, it would mark the first time in U.S. history that a former president has faced criminal charges, legal experts say.
Kirschner told USA TODAY on Saturday that authorities often negotiate the surrender of a high-profile defendant like Trump to avoid the spectacle of a “perp walk” in which the person is paraded before the media as they enter the courthouse or police station.
Trump’s spokesperson told USA TODAY there has been “no notification” related to the timing of possible criminal charges. But the former president’s call for protests caused concern for law enforcement involved in preparing for such an event.
This begs a second question… Has he already been indicted? It’s not out of the question... The jurors would be legally prohibited from speaking about it. I wouldn’t expect an announcement from prosecutors until he was arrested.
Former President Donald Trump will surrender to face criminal charges if indicted by a Manhattan grand jury, his lawyer said Friday evening.
The lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, spoke on the heels of a report by WNBC that federal, state and local law enforcement agencies are preparing security arrangements for the possibility that Trump will be indicted as early as next week.
“Will follow normal procedures if it gets to that point,” Tacopina told CNBC when asked what Trump would do if that possibility becomes reality.
What would happen if Tuesday came and went without an arrest? What would his supporters think? Would they think Trump was full of shit, or that perhaps fear of reprisals prevented his arrest? We all know Trump likes to think he’s ahead of the game… Would he point directly at Tuesday if there was a chance it proved him a poor prognosticator?
The New York Times
With a Manhattan grand jury indictment likely but its timing unclear, Donald J. Trump sought to rally supporters to his side, declaring that he would be arrested on Tuesday and calling for protests.
Two hours later, a spokesman issued a statement saying that Mr. Trump had not written his post with direct knowledge of the timing of any arrest, adding, “President Trump is rightfully highlighting his innocence and the weaponization of our injustice system.”
But Mr. Trump’s social media post had immediate impact: Within hours, Speaker Kevin McCarthy, one of the most powerful people in federal government and who partly owes his position to Mr. Trump, posted on Twitter that he was calling for investigations into whether federal funds were being used for “politically motivated prosecutions,” a thinly veiled threat to Manhattan’s district attorney, Alvin L. Bragg.
Is the walking back of Trump’s statement just an effort to protect Trump’s informant? Who can tell at this point… I don’t have answers to these questions, but they’ve been on my mind since I woke up and heard the news this morning. I’m curious what y’all think…
UPDATE: Sunday, Mar 19, 2023 · 12:44:00 AM +00:00 · PvtJarHead
My guess is that Trump was indicted on Thursday which prompted the law enforcement preparations we saw yesterday. Trump was then notified unofficially at some point which lead to his rant this morning.
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