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Trump Lawyer on What to Count on From Tuesday: ‘We’re Prepared for This Combat’

  • Former President Donald Trump was indicted by a Manhattan grand jury final week.
  • The costs stay unclear, however stem from a hush cash fee to grownup movie star Stormy Daniels, who alleged that she had an affair with Trump in 2006.
  • Trump has denied the affair and any wrongdoing, accusing prosecutors of partaking in a politically-motivated witch-hunt.
  • His lawyer Joe Tacopina mentioned the previous president is “gearing up for a battle” forward of his arraignment on Tuesday.

Donald Trump is “prepared for this battle,” his lawyer mentioned on Sunday, after the previous president was indicted final week.

On Thursday, a Manhattan grand jury indicted the previous president following an investigation by Manhattan District Lawyer Alvin Bragg’s workplace into an alleged hush cash fee of $130,000 paid by his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to grownup movie star Stormy Daniels to maintain her quiet forward of the 2016 presidential election about an affair she claims she had with Trump in 2006.

The previous president has denied having an affair with Daniels and has maintained his innocence within the case, accusing prosecutors of partaking in a politically-motivated witch-hunt. Prosecutors, nonetheless, imagine the fee violated marketing campaign finance legal guidelines.

Trump is anticipated to show himself in and make his first court docket look for his arraignment in New York Metropolis on Tuesday. The precise nature of the costs stay unclear because the indictment—the primary towards a former U.S. president—stays sealed, as is customary in New York earlier than an arraignment.

Former President Donald Trump speaks throughout a 2024 election marketing campaign rally in Waco, Texas, on March 25. Trump is “prepared for this battle,” his lawyer mentioned on Sunday, after the previous president was indicted final week.
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In an look on ABC’s This Week, Trump’s lawyer Joe Tacopina mentioned the previous president, who’s making a 3rd bid for the White Home, didn’t commit any crime.

“He’s gearing up for a battle,” Tacopina advised host George Stephanopoulos. “That is one thing that, clearly, we imagine is a political persecution and I feel individuals on either side of the aisle imagine that. It is a full abuse of energy.”

Tacopina described Trump as a “robust man” and is “going to be prepared for this battle,” including that “we’re prepared for this battle and I look ahead to shifting this factor alongside as rapidly as attainable to exonerate him.”

Throughout his look on This Week, Trump’s lawyer additionally mentioned he couldn’t say a lot about what to anticipate when Trump is arraigned.

“I do not know,” he mentioned. “I’ve executed 1,000,000 arraignments in that courthouse with celebrities and whatnot, however this can be a complete totally different factor.”

“We have now Secret Service concerned. I perceive they’re closing the courthouse for the afternoon. I simply do not know what to anticipate to see,” Tacopina mentioned, including that he’s hoping Trump can “get out and in of there as rapidly as attainable.”

“For me, as a litigator, as a lawyer, I need this to be executed as easily and rapidly as attainable and start this battle to to actually put justice again on the right track,” he mentioned.

Tacopina additionally appeared on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, the place host Dana Bash requested him about Trump’s assaults on Decide Juan Merchan, who is anticipated to supervise the case.

In a submit on Reality Social, Trump alleged that the choose was “hand picked” by Bragg, who has additionally been attacked by Trump, and “HATES ME.” Merchan presided over final yr’s tax fraud trial of The Trump Group and Allen Weisselberg, its former chief monetary officer.

Requested if Trump’s attorneys would request a distinct choose, Tacopina deflected earlier than ultimately saying he doesn’t imagine the choose is biased.

“I’ve no motive to imagine this choose is biased,” he mentioned. “I’ve not been earlier than him on this matter, so we’ve to let this course of play out.”

Newsweek has reached out to Tacopina for additional remark by way of electronic mail.