Donald Trump’s run-ins with the law might be catching up to him.
The former president took to his social media platform, Truth Social, to say that he expects to be arrested on Tuesday over the Stormy Daniels case. He asked his followers to protest if an indictment is issued by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. If he actually is arrested, it would mark the first time that a former president has been taken into custody by authorities. He would also be the first U.S. president (while in office or after) to ever face criminal charges. (Fun fact: President Ulysses S. Grant was arrested for speeding while driving a horse-drawn carriage in 1872.)
Trump called the attorney’s office “corrupt and highly political” in his message. Referring to himself, Trump wrote, “leading Republican candidate and former president of the United States will be arrested on Tuesday of next week.”
“Protest, take our nation back,” he continued.
Trump’s possible indictment would be based on his involvement with adult film actress Stormy Daniels. The Manhattan district attorney’s has been investigating Trump for over a year, over the former reality TV star alleging paying Daniels $130,000 in hush money prior to the 2016 election. During that time, reports came out about the two having an alleged affair. Trump has denied the claims.
On Friday, CNN reported that city, state, and federal law enforcement have been in week-long meetings about security regulations regarding Trump’s possible arrest.
On Monday, a witness is set to testify to a grand jury. It is still being determined if this will be the last witness to take the stand before votes on possibly charging Trump move forward.
The twice-impeached ex-POTUS placed his bid to run for the 2024 presidential campaign in November 2022. “In order to make America great and glorious again, I am tonight announcing my candidacy for president of the United States,” he told his supporters at Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, FL.
Upon his announcement, Trump filed for official forms of Federal Election Commission.