Should he be indicted this week by a Manhattan grand jury, a lawyer for former President Donald Trump predicted the most likely scenario at the former president's Mar-a-Lago home.
In the event of an indictment in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's investigation into a hush-money arrangement from Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, the attorney declared that Trump would not fight back and would turn himself into the police, The Hill reported.
“There won’t be a standoff at Mar-a-Lago with Secret Service and the Manhattan DA’s office,” Joe Tacopina told The New York Daily News. He suggested that Trump, whom he characterized as a survivor, would utilize any charges brought against him to his political advantage in the long run.
“Most people would collapse under the weight of this,” he said. “He seems to turn everything into a positive and everything into a boost for his campaign, so I’m sure this will just join that long list of things that people think no one could overcome, but he will.”
The hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels prior to the 2016 election were allegedly made to keep her quiet about an affair the two of them had in 2006. The news that Bragg is close to indicting Trump over these payments surfaced on Friday.
In 2018, Michael Cohen, a former Trump lawyer who testified before the grand jury in the probe earlier this week, acknowledged guilt to several crimes, including breaking the law on campaign finance by giving Daniels $130,000. The Hill said that Cohen, who spent more than a year in prison, believes he paid the payment at Trump's request.
Daniels, meantime, spoke with the Manhattan prosecutors overseeing the investigation on Wednesday, the source added.
Although admitting to paying Cohen back, Trump argued that the money did not come from his campaign. The Cohen reimbursement payment was categorized as a reasonable expense by the Trump Organization. Others have also pointed out that Trump funded his initial campaign himself.
Experts believe that Trump's refusal to go before the grand jury last week was another indication that he will soon be charged.
In response to the news, a spokesperson for Trump, Steven Cheung, issued a statement to Fox News Digital criticizing Bragg, calling his investigation a “witch hunt” and alleging that Bragg was under the influence of President Biden and “radical Democrats.”
“President Donald J. Trump is completely innocent, he did nothing wrong, and even the biggest, most Radical Left Democrats are making that clear,” Cheung said.
“From Russia, Russia, Russia, to the Mueller Hoax, to Impeachment Hoaxes 1 and 2, and even the Unlawful Mar-a-Lago Raid, Democrats have investigated and attacked President Trump since before he was elected – and they’ve failed every time.
“Now Democrats are at it again, pushing the ‘Nuclear Button’ and attacking a President because of a disgraced extortionist,” he added. “This is happening because President Trump is leading in the polls by a large margin against both Democrats and Republicans, and there’s never been anything so blatant in American political history.”
Cheung continued: “Everyone knows it’s a sham. In fact, the Department of Justice stocked the DA’s office with top people from DC to help ‘Get Trump’ at a local level. Americans will not tolerate Radical Left Democrats turning our justice system into an injustice system to influence a presidential election, which is all they want to do. Our Country is not going to let this happen. This will backfire massively for the Democrat Party, and end in disgrace for our Nation.”