In response to allegations that he paid hush money to a porn star before the 2016 election, former US president Donald Trump said he anticipates being “arrested” on Tuesday and urged his fans to demonstrate.
Prior to his reported detention, Trump urged his supporters to protest in a post on his Truth Social platform on Saturday.
“Leading Republican candidate & former President of the United States of America will be arrested on Tuesday of next week. Protest, take our nation back,” he wrote.
He made no mention of the potential charges.
The district attorney’s office’s spokeswoman declined to comment.
The focus of the investigation is a $130,000 payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels by Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime personal lawyer and fixer, in the final weeks of his 2016 presidential campaign.
Daniels, whose actual name is Stephanie Clifford, claimed she was paid to keep a relationship with Trump from becoming public knowledge. Trump has refuted the existence of the affair.
Trump, a Republican, served as president from 2017 to 2021 and has already announced his intention to run again. In the 2020 election, Joe Biden defeated him.