Former US President Donald Trump intends to take advantage of the situation to benefit from a media “show”. NYPD is on high alert.
Donald Trump, former US president, admitted to advisors that, if he is indicted for the alleged payment in exchange for the silence of porn actress Stormy Daniels, he wants to be handcuffed when he appears in court. The republican, who will run for president again in 2024, argued that, in this way, the situation could be transformed into a media “spectacle”, revealed sources close to the businessman.
The tycoon’s insistence on being handcuffed by US authorities will be motivated, indicates the US Press, to leverage his candidacy for the White House based on unfair accusations, passing on the image of a “martyr” who suffers at the hands of Justice.
In the past, constant publicity about the political and criminal investigations he has been involved in has benefited Trump and forced domestic rivals to vacillate between criticizing the country’s prosecutors or defending the businessman’s allegations.
As far as the current case is concerned, it remains unclear whether an indictment would favor Trump during the presidential campaign, given that the Republican’s recent rallies and campaigns, always filled with criticism of the judicial system, have left some voters apparently tired of the constant complaints that there is a “witch hunt” against himself.
A grand jury convened by Manhattan Attorney Alvin Bragg is looking into whether the former US leader made bribes during the 2016 presidential campaign that sent him to the White House.
The panel of judges, who were supposed to join this Wednesday, but canceled the meeting, are expected to meet throughout this week, in an attempt to prove that the businessman paid $130,000 (about 120,000 euros) to the porn actress Stormy Daniels for the star not to reveal the sexual encounters that both have had in the past, when he was already married to Melania Trump.
While there is no final verdict, the New York police are on high alert, mainly due to demonstrations by supporters of the former president. However, even if the jury panel makes a decision soon, it’s unclear when Bragg will file charges.
Several US legal experts have suggested, says the AFP, that the process may take some time to complete, putting, at least for now, Trump away from the bars of the courts.