Justice United States, in suspense before a possible indictment of Donald Trump

The New York police reinforced security this Monday in the face of the possible indictment of Donald Trump for buying the silence of a porn actress with whom he would have had a relationship, a "witch hunt" according to the former president, who summoned his followers to support him massively

Justice United States, in suspense before a possible indictment of Donald Trump

The New York police reinforced security this Monday in the face of the possible indictment of Donald Trump for buying the silence of a porn actress with whom he would have had a relationship, a "witch hunt" according to the former president, who summoned his followers to support him massively.

Only a handful of supporters rallied outside a Manhattan courthouse Monday where a grand jury is considering an investigation by District Attorney Alvin Bragg that could make him the first former US president to be charged with a criminal offense.

There is even speculation that he could be arrested and handcuffed, an unprecedented scenario for which the New York police are preparing with barricades around the prosecutor's office and Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue.

Trump assured on Saturday on his Truth Social platform that he would be "detained" on Tuesday, a blow to his pre-campaign to try to return to the presidency of the United States in 2024. However, it is not yet known when there will be a jury decision and an announcement of the judge.

"We're operating on leaks, we're operating on limited information but it's clear that they view President Donald Trump as a threat," said Gavin Wax, president of the New York Young Republicans, which convened the protest.

Detractors of the former Republican president also protested in front of the court, such as Bob Fertek, a New Yorker for whom Trump is a "fraud" and who he would like to see in the dock.

Trump, who ended the balance between powers in the United States, attacked again this Monday on his social network against the "corrupt" service of prosecutor Bragg, an African-American Democratic magistrate, elected at the polls, like all judges and prosecutors in the country. .

For the 76-year-old Republican billionaire, the investigated fact prescribes after two years. "And more importantly, IT WAS NOT A CRIME!!!" he wrote on Truth Social.

Alina Habba, a lawyer for the tycoon, warned on CNN Sunday that "if (the Democrats) decide to charge him with an offense that he has not really committed, they are going to create chaos."

Local authorities fear a repeat of the chaos of the assault on the Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021, when Trump urged his supporters to ignore the results of the polls that gave Democrat Joe Biden the victory and to prevent his inauguration.

On social networks, the Trumpists promise to prevent the indictment of their hero, in particular the group "The Donald", which calls for a "national strike" or even a "civil war 2.0", according to the Rolling Stone and Daily Beast media.

The case of the porn actress Stormy Daniels is legally complex. Stephanie Clifford, Daniels' real name, received a $130,000 payment from Trump in the weeks before the November 2016 election. Prosecutors say she intended to buy her silence about an alleged extramarital affair.

New York justice is trying to clarify whether Trump is guilty of false statement, an infraction, or of violating the electoral financing law, a criminal offense. The investigation accelerated last week.

Michael Cohen, a former lawyer and now a sworn enemy of Trump who was tasked with delivering the money to Clifford in 2016, testified before the grand jury, a panel of citizens chosen by lot, whose verdict may lead to an indictment.

Meanwhile, Daniels is cooperating with prosecutors. Trump was also encouraged to testify before this grand jury

"Prosecutors almost never invite the target of the investigation to testify before the grand jury unless they intend to indict them," said former prosecutor and law professor Bennett Gershman.

According to his colleague Renato Mariotti, it is likely that, in the event of indictment, Trump, who lives in his Mar-a-Lago mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, will voluntarily appear in court in Manhattan.

On Sunday, several Republican leaders came out in support of Trump, in particular his former vice president, Mike Pence, who broke with the magnate in 2021, and with whom he could compete in the primaries for the Republican nomination for the 2024 presidential election.

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