Donald Trump invites his fans to protest after he claims he will be detained on Tuesday
In response to an investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney's office, the former president stated he expects to be arrested on March 21. Citing unnamed leaks in the inquiry, he called for protests to "take our country back."
Trump combined his remarks with a fresh rhetorical assault on investigators in an all-caps post on his Truth Social platform on Saturday, alleging that they are following a "fairytale" that has been disproved.
A grand jury inquiry into a purported hush-money payment made by Trump to porn actress Stormy Daniels to prevent her from speaking out about an alleged ten-year sexual affair is being led by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing and called Bragg's inquiry "a political witch hunt."
On Wednesday, Michael Cohen, Trump's former attorney and fixer, finished testifying before the grand jury. For the prosecution, Cohen would be a critical witness.
In 2018, he admitted to conspiring to arrange Daniels' unauthorized receipt of hush money as he entered a plea to federal fraud and campaign finance charges. Cohen said he sent Daniels $130,000 and received it back. He displayed a cheque that was signed by Trump before a congressional committee. He said that Trump had given him the order to act.