Former US President Donald Trump has warned of possible ‘death and destruction’ if he faces criminal charges, he said hours after New York prosecutors investigated his undisclosed cash payments to the adult film actress Stormy Daniels who won’t be intimidated.
Trump’s morning post on social media site Truth was the latest in a string of verbal attacks on Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg since last Saturday, when Trump incorrectly predicted he would be arrested three days later.
Mr. Trump falsely claimed his 2020 defeat was the result of fraud, a claim that prompted his followers to launch a deadly attack on January 6, 2021, unsuccessfully to prevent Congress from certifying the election by Democratic President Joe Biden Attack attempt on the US Capitol, who defeated Republican Trump by more than 7 million votes.
“What kind of person can charge another person, in this case a former President of the United States, who got more votes than any sitting President in history, and leading candidate (by far!) for the Republican Party nomination, with a Crime, when it is known by all that NO Crime has been committed, & also known that potential death & destruction in such a false charge could be catastrophic for our Country?” wrote Mr Trump, who is seeking the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, reports RTE.
Mr Bragg’s office challenged his position to investigate his office in a letter yesterday to the chairmen of Republican committees in Congress, saying Trump had “created a false expectation that he would be arrested” in his post, reports RTE.
The letter called the president’s request for notices, documents and testimony an “unlawful incursion into New York’s sovereignty”, reports RTE.
Actress and adult film director Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, said she was paid to keep quiet about a sexual encounter she had with Trump in 2006.
Mr Trump denied ever having an affair with Ms Daniels and called the payment a “simple private transaction”, reports RTE.
He said he hadn’t committed any crimes and called the investigation politically motivated.
The Manhattan grand jury investigating Trump won’t reconvene until next week.
In other matters, Georgia prosecutors are looking into Trump’s efforts to reverse his electoral defeat there, and a federal special counsel is investigating his efforts to damage and remove classified documents from the White House after Trump left the assignment.
Me Trump will hold a campaign rally tomorrow in Waco, Texas, 30 years after a raid by federal agents on the Branch Davidians religious sect left 86 dead, including four law enforcement officers, reports RTE.
Tell us your thoughts in the Facebook post and share this with your friends.