⚠️UPDATE: On March 30, 2023, slightly over a week after the reports of Trump’s possible arrest, the Manhattan Grand Jury has voted to indict him. We will keep you posted on this story. Below is everything you need to know.
On Friday, March 17, 2023, the mainstream media went ablaze following claims of former President Donald Trump expecting to be arrested. So if you’re wondering ‘why will Trump be arrested?,’ you’re not alone; we’ve gathered 9 key talking points about the alleged arrest.
Here’s (almost) everything you need to know.
1. The Arrest Will Reportedly Happen on Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Mr. Trump himself posted on his own social media Truth Social that he expected to be arrested on Tuesday, March 21, 2023. Here’s a screenshot of the post.
2. The Arrest Is Reportedly in Connection With the Stormy Daniels Saga
So, why is Trump getting arrested? Every finger points at the Stormy Daniels scandal. Trump reportedly had an affair with Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford (pictured), in 2006.
And just before the 2016 Presidential Elections, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen reportedly arranged a $130,000 payment to the ex-porn star as ‘hush payment’.
3. Trump Arrest Claims in Connection With Michael Cohen’s Cooperation
Although Michael Cohen had initially denied making the payments, he publicly acknowledged it later.
Cohen, who has already been imprisoned in connection with the Stormy Daniels saga and other cases, spent two days testifying against his former boss before the grand jury earlier this month. He repeated his claims that Trump personally directed him to pay Daniels to avoid damaging his chances of winning the 2016 presidential election against Hillary Clinton.
4. Security Preparations Have Reportedly Been Made in New York Ahead of the Arrest
According to a report by CNN’s John Miller on Friday, meetings between city, state, and federal law enforcement agencies have occurred throughout the week in New York City to discuss security arrangements ahead of Tuesday’s anticipated Trump arrest.
5. Mr. Trump Rallied His Followers on Truth Social To Protest Against the Arrest
In the lengthy Truth Social post, Trump asked his supporters to protest the arrest. He concluded,
“PROTEST, TAKE OUR NATION BACK!”Donald J. Trump
6. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy Has Responded to a Possible Trump Arrest
Reacting to the potential arrest, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy tweeted that the arrest was an ‘outrageous abuse of power’ by the Manhattan DA.
Here we go again — an outrageous abuse of power by a radical DA who lets violent criminals walk as he pursues political vengeance against President Trump.— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) March 18, 2023
I’m directing relevant committees to immediately investigate if federal funds are being used to subvert our democracy by… https://t.co/elpbh7LeWn
7. Former Vice President Mike Pence Reacts to the Reports of Donald Trump Getting Arrested on Tuesday
Pence, who served as Trump’s Vice President, also told Breitbart News in a radio interview that he was ‘taken aback, like many Americans’ about the news of a potential Trump arrest. He also described the claims as a ‘political prosecution’ of the 45th President of the United States.
8. Trump’s Lawyer Weighs In on Claims of Trump To Be Arrested Tuesday
Trump’s own lawyer, Joe Tacopina, seemed to confirm the rumors of a possible Trump arrest. He told News Nation that a Trump arrest is ‘becoming more probable’ and that he hopes ‘that justice will prevail.’
9. Trump Will Likely Not Be in Handcuffs
So what happens if Trumps gets arrested? Will he be in handcuffs?
That’s quite unlikely.
Glenn Kirschner discussed that possibility with USA Today. He revealed that authorities often negotiate the surrender of high-profile defendants, like Trump in this case, to avoid a handcuff moment.
However, if the arrest happens, it is likely that there will be a Trump mug shot as part of the usual booking process.
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