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“Get ready for a showdown” – Donald Trump says he has proof he’s going to be arrested in Tuesday

Former US President Donald Trump said the Manhattan district attorney’s office has indicated he will be arrested on Tuesday.

A spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Without providing evidence, Trump claimed on his social media platform Truth that “illegal leaks” from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office indicated that he would be arrested.

He did not specify what the charges would be.

“Illegal leaks from a corrupt & highly political Manhattan district attorney’s office…indicate that, with no crime being able to be proven…the far & away leading Republican candidate & former president of the United States of America, will be arrested on Tuesday of next week,” Mr Trump wrote, reports RTE.

Mr. Trump did not say whether he had been formally notified of the impending charges and did not provide any evidence of the leak from the district attorney’s office. He did not discuss the possible allegations in the post.

Earlier this year, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office began presenting evidence to a grand jury that Trump’s former personal attorney and fixer Michael Cohen sexually assaulted porn star Stormy Daniels during his Trump’s successful re-election campaign in 2016. They were investigating a $130,000 payment made, reports RTE.

Ms Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, claims she had an affair with Mr Trump ten years ago. Mr Trump has denied being in a relationship.

Mr Trump served as Republican president from 2017 to 2021 and has said he will seek a return to the White House in the 2024 US presidential election.

Earlier this month Bragg’s office called on Trump to testify before a grand jury investigating the payments, according to Trump’s attorney Susan Necheles.

Legal experts said it was a sign an indictment was imminent.

In 2018, Cohen pleaded guilty to federal campaign finance violations involving a payment agreement to Ms. Daniels and another woman, among other felonies, reports RTE.

He said Mr Trump instructed him to make the payments.

The US attorney’s office in Manhattan has not charged Trump with a crime.

Last year Mr. Bragg’s office won the conviction of the Trump Organization on tax fraud charges.

However, Mr Bragg has refused to charge Mr Trump with financial crimes related to his business practices, prompting two prosecutors working on the investigation to resign, reports RTE.

Mr Trump leads his early rivals for his party’s nomination, holding 43 percent of Republican support in a February Reuters/Ipsos poll, compared to 31 percent for his closest rival, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has yet to announced his candidacy

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