Former President Donald Trump intends to make a public speech the same day he is getting arrested in Manhattan. The arraignment is to take place on Tuesday.
On Sunday, Trump’s re-election campaign announced that the speech would take place at 8:15 p.m. EDT at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.
45th President of the United States Donald J. Trump to Deliver Remarks at Mar-a-Lago pic.twitter.com/rUDGnJqMfC
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) April 2, 2023
Trump’s arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in New York City, where the grand jury indicted him last week. The address will be placed after that trip. Trump made history by becoming the first ex-president charged with a crime.
Although the indictment is still under seal, Trump’s lawyer Joe Tacopina stated on Sunday that he was certain that the charges “revolve around” the evidence of hush money payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election cycle.
Trump asserts that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, a Democrat, is conducting a “political persecution” against him, and Trump denies all crime accusations.
Trump recently commented on the matter, stating, “The Democrats have lied, cheated, and stolen in their obsession with trying to ‘Get Trump.’ But now they’ve done the unthinkable – indicting a completely innocent person in the act of blatant Election Interference”.
Investigations into the Georgia election in 2020 and a federal inquiry into Trump’s handling of records and the events surrounding January 6, 2021, all of which are being looked into by special counsel Jack Smith, which might lead to charges against the president.
Other than Trump, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, former South Carolina governor, and United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley entered the contest for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024. The former Republican governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, declared his candidature on Sunday. Asa Hutchinson also suggested that Trump should resign from the campaign.
Hutchinson stated on ABC News, “First of all, the office is more important than any person, and so for the sake of the office of the presidency, I do think that’s too much of a sideshow and distraction, and he needs to be able to concentrate on his due process, and there is a presumption of innocence.”
Former Vice President Mike Pence and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis are other candidates anticipated to enter the GOP presidential primary race. President Joe Biden has stated his intention to be re-elected but has not formally announced his candidature.
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