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Several law enforcement agencies are reportedly preparing for a potential indictment of former President Donald Trump as early as next week, as the Manhattan district attorney’s office “asked for a meeting” with those agencies.
According to Fox News, a court source reported that a meeting was requested on Thursday but has yet to be scheduled. According to the source familiar with the planning, the purpose of the meeting is to “discuss logistics for some time next week, which would mean that they are anticipating an indictment next week.”
In response to the news, a spokesperson for Trump, Steven Cheung, issued a statement to Fox News Digital criticizing the District Attorney Alvin Bragg, calling his investigation a “witch hunt” and alleging that Bragg was under the influence of President Biden and “radical Democrats.”
“President Donald J. Trump is completely innocent, he did nothing wrong, and even the biggest, most Radical Left Democrats are making that clear,” Cheung said. “From Russia, Russia, Russia, to the Mueller Hoax, to Impeachment Hoaxes 1 and 2, and even the Unlawful Mar-a-Lago Raid, Democrats have investigated and attacked President Trump since before he was elected – and they’ve failed every time.
Tim Pool and crew react to reports Trump could be indicted next week:
"They're gonna perp-walk a former president over that? Wow…"
— Human Events (@HumanEvents) March 18, 2023
“Now Democrats are at it again, pushing the ‘Nuclear Button’ and attacking a President because of a disgraced extortionist,” he added. “This is happening because President Trump is leading in the polls by a large margin against both Democrats and Republicans, and there’s never been anything so blatant in American political history.”
Cheung continued: “Everyone knows it’s a sham. In fact, the Department of Justice stocked the DA’s office with top people from DC to help ‘Get Trump’ at a local level. Americans will not tolerate Radical Left Democrats turning our justice system into an injustice system to influence a presidential election, which is all they want to do. Our Country is not going to let this happen. This will backfire massively for the Democrat Party, and end in disgrace for our Nation.”
The possible indictment is linked to the investigation that has been ongoing for several years concerning Trump’s alleged involvement in a hush money scandal with adult film actress Stormy Daniels. In the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election, Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, sent $130,000 to Daniels to keep quiet about her affair with Trump in 2006. Trump later repaid Cohen in installments, Fox News noted.
“The agencies preparing are the NYPD, New York State Court Officers, the U.S. Secret Service, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office,” the Western Journal reported, citing NBC News.
Sources familiar with the matter are stating that preparations are underway for Trump’s initial appearance at the Manhattan Criminal Court, the report continued.
“We are learning that the Manhattan DA office has asked for a meeting with law enforcement ahead of a potential Trump indictment. The meeting is to discuss logistics for some time next week which would mean they are anticipating an indictment next week” pic.twitter.com/IkbM46Naoe
— Acyn (@Acyn) March 17, 2023
No former president has ever been charged with a crime, much less convicted, in the history of the nation.
As for the Secret Service, by law, the agency is charged with protecting current and former presidents, which would explain its involvement in any process to have Trump indicted. It’s not clear what role the agency would play if Trump were actually to be locked up.
Earlier this week, a potential 2024 Republican presidential contender called on Trump to drop out of the race if he is indicted on one or more potential charges stemming from several criminal investigations by federal and state authorities.
Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson this week primarily discussed Trump leaving the race regarding potential charges involving Daniels, in particular, The Guardian reported.
“It doesn’t mean that he’s guilty of it or he should be charged,” said Hutchinson, who served as governor until earlier this year. “But it’s just such a distraction that would be unnecessary for somebody who’s seeking the highest office in the land.”
The payment to Daniels was seen by many as an attempt to influence the outcome of the election and a violation of campaign finance laws. The incident sparked a series of legal battles and investigations, ultimately leading to Cohen’s conviction for campaign finance violations and other crimes.