voanews – Washington — Former U.S. President Donald Trump, in a social media posting Saturday, told his followers that, based on what he called leaks from the Manhattan district attorney’s office, he expects to be arrested Tuesday.
Trump, in the message on his Truth Social platform, called on his supporters to “PROTEST, TAKE OUR NATION BACK!”
There is no confirmation from authorities of any criminal charges against Trump. Media reports in the past several days have indicated law enforcement agencies in New York City have been discussing security arrangements for the surrender of Trump, should he be indicted.
In advance of his possible arrest, some Republicans have come to Trump’s defense, including Mike Pence, Trump’s former vice president.
“Here we go on to another politically charged prosecution,” Pence told ABC’s “This Week” show Sunday, while acknowledging, “I can’t speak to the merits of the case.” The case involves Trump’s alleged $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels to keep her quiet just ahead of the 2016 election from talking about her claim that she and Trump had a one-night affair, which Trump has long denied.
Pence, however, continued to condemn Trump’s actions in trying to block Congress on January 6, 2021, from certifying the Electoral College vote showing that he had lost his 2020 reelection bid to Democrat Joe Biden. About 2,000 Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building and about half of them have been arrested so far on an array of charges.
“History will hold Donald Trump accountable for the events of January 6,” Pence said. The former vice president, considering his own run for the presidency in 2024, says that he and Trump have “just gone our separate ways.”
If Trump is indicted in the Stormy Daniels case, “it will be yet another norm broken by the man who has infamously proclaimed his intent to disrupt the entire political universe,” said Bradley Moss, a Washington attorney specializing in litigation involving national security.