Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg says he won’t tolerate intimidation tactics after Trump’s call for his supporters to protests his potential indictment
- Comes after Trump called on his supporters to protest the Manhattan DA
- News emerged that the ex-president could be indicted this week in the case involving a hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels
Donald Trump’s call for his supporters to protest his potential indictment this week is not deterring Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who said such intimidation tactics won’t be tolerated.
Bragg released a memo reassuring his office staff of their safety and claiming that law enforcement are on alert investigating any threats. He did not use Trump’s name, but mentioned that the threats were related to an ‘ongoing investigation by this office.’
It comes after reports emerged that Trump could be indicted as early as this week in the case involving a hush-money payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels.
‘Please know that your safety is our top priority,’ Bragg said in the memo first reported by Politico.
‘We do not tolerate attempts to intimidate our office or threaten the rule of law in New York,’ he added.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said in a memo that intimidation tactics won’t be tolerated after Trump called for protests over his potential indictment
Followed the former president claiming he will be arrested on Tuesday and calling on his supporters to protest the potential indictment
Bragg’s office is coordinating with the New York Police Department and Office of Court Administration to prevent potential violence as law enforcement beefs up security around New York County’s Supreme Court.
‘Our law enforcement partners will ensure that any specific or credible threats against the office will be fully investigated and that the proper safeguards are in place so all 1,600 of us have a secure work environment,’ Bragg wrote.
Trump urged Americans over the weekend to protest imminent criminal charges against him over payments made to Daniels as he was running for president.
Prosecutors from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office met on Saturday to discuss how to handle the announcement of Trump’s indictment and arrest, which the former president claimed will happen on Tuesday.
Officials are also braced for demonstrations which could turn violent after Trump posted a provocative call for Americans to ‘protest, protest, protest’ when raging online about the legal case online.
The former president risked stirring unrest with a post to his Truth Social platform that said ‘it’s time’ and called on his supporters to stage demonstrations in order to ‘save America’.
Trump’s post, written entirely in capital letters, was made hours after he said he’d be arrested on Tuesday over claims he broke the law by paying porn star Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet about their alleged affair, which he denies ever happened.
Trump wrote: ‘WE JUST CAN’T ALLOW THIS ANYMORE. THEY’RE KILLING OUR NATION AS WE SIT BACK & WATCH. WE MUST SAVE AMERICA!PROTEST, PROTEST, PROTEST!!!’
Bragg’s office seems to be winding down its investigation and appears poised to bring criminal charges against Trump in connection with a hush-money payment made to Daniels at the height of the 2016 presidential campaign.
Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, who arranged the payment to Daniels, has indicated that an indictment is likely to come down soon.
Trump denies he had a sexual relationship with Daniels (pictured with Trump) and his lawyer has called the $130,000 she was paid to keep quiet a ‘nuisance payment’ that wealthy or famous people sometimes pay to make a distracting situation disappear
Trump made a post, written entirely in capital letters, calling on his supporters to protest just hours after he said he claimed he will be arrested on Tuesday