Former US President Donald Trump Warns of Arrest as Manhattan DA's Office Remains Silent on Potential Indictment


(MENAFN) It is unclear whether former US President Donald Trump will be arrested on Tuesday as he has predicted. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's office has not confirmed or denied whether Trump will be indicted on campaign finance violations for his alleged payment of hush money to porn actress Stormy Daniels in 2016. Trump was invited to testify before a grand jury earlier this month regarding the Stormy Daniels scandal, which may be a prelude to an indictment.

Trump's attorney, Joe Tacopino, has argued that the crime as alleged – falsifying records – is a misdemeanor and only becomes a felony if prosecutors can prove it was done intentionally and maliciously. He has also argued that Trump cannot be prosecuted in the state of New York for a federal election charge, and that since Trump's personal funds were used to pay the porn actress, the payment was not a campaign expense at all.

Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen has admitted to paying $130,000 to Daniels so that she would not publicise her affair with the former president, though Trump has denied actually having an affair with Daniels. Michael Avenatti, the attorney who represented Daniels in her effort to extricate herself from the non-disclosure agreement she signed with Cohen, was sentenced last year to four years in prison for defrauding the adult film actress of some $300,000.

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