(LibertySociety.com) – Former President Donald Trump had a crowd of supporters rallying outside of his Mar-a-Lago residence on Tuesday, March 21st, 2023, voicing their opposition to his potential arrest. The supporters were clad in patriotic attire, waving American flags and Trump signs as they protested peacefully in Palm Beach, Florida. Rumors of an indictment of Trump began to swirl on Friday, March 17th, 2023, after he posted on his Truth Social account about the possibility of being arrested, which sparked a weekend long political firestorm.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle weighed in on the matter, with many Republicans labeling the potential arrest as a political persecution. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., blasted the possibility, stating that if Trump is indicted, it would be a “disgusting abuse of power,” adding that such an action should warrant the arrest of the DA himself. Many Democrats are in support of an arrest, while others feel that the focus should be on other crimes allegedly committed by the former president.
The Manhattan DA is considering bringing a felony charge for campaign finance violations against Trump for what normally would be a misdemeanor, relating to payments made to Stormy Daniels back in 2016. After a weekend of hype about his potential arrest, Fox News reported that his arraignment may not happen until next week, with another witness scheduled to testify, in addition to preparations being made if the former president does have to go to Manhattan.
Republican leadership in Congress has expressed concerns that federal involvement has pressured the DA to indict former President Trump, with the House Judiciary Committee demanding documents and testimony from DA Alvin Bragg, which elicited a sharp rebuke by the DA’s office, calling the letter a form of intimidation. Some law experts and media personalities are adamant in their belief that if it were any other person, they would not be charged with a felony or prosecuted at all after the DOJ refused to file charges many years ago.
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