Donald Trump on Truth Social, his own social media platform on Saturday said via a post, claimed that he will be arrested on Tuesday on charges linked to an investigation into a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016.
If it happens, he would be the first US president to face criminal charges.
What are the accusations against Trump?
Stormy Daniels, an adult film star reached the media in 2016 offering to sell her account of what she said was an adulterous affair she had with Donald Trump in 2006.
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In response, Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen paid $130,000 to Ms Daniels to keep quiet. Though this isn’t illegal, when Trump reimbursed Mr Cohen, his books showed it was for legal fees. This was stated as a misstatement of financial records.
Prosecutors could also potentially argue that this breaches the election law as his attempt was to hide his affair with her. Covering up a crime by falsifying records would be a felony, which is a more serious charge.
As part of those negotiations with prosecutors, the court may also agree to grant him a private entrance to the court, instead of the more typical “perp walk” in front of the assembled media.
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Mr Trump’s lawyers have said that he will cooperate with New York authorities, so there would be no warrant put out for his arrest.
Keeping in view the nature of the case and the security concerns involved, the details of Mr Trump’s New York appearance are somewhat uncertain.
Once taken to court, Mr Trump will have to give fingerprints and his mug shot will be taken like all defendants in criminal cases. He will also be read his “Miranda” rights, recalling him of his constitutionally-granted right to a lawyer and to decline to talk to police.
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