Manhattan DA inquiry: Trump campaign raises money off indictment frenzy

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Former President Donald J. Trump watches the NCAA Wrestling Championships, Saturday, March 18, 2023, in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) Sue Ogrocki/AP

Manhattan DA inquiry: Trump campaign raises money off indictment frenzy

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Former President Donald Trump’s 2024 campaign is seeking to convert his possible indictment from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office into a boon for fundraising.

In an email to supporters, the Trump campaign flashed a photo that purportedly showed New York Police Department officers erecting a barricade at a New York City court amid reports that charges against Trump are imminent. The campaign insisted that Trump has committed “no crime” and claimed a donation will have a “1,500% impact.”

NEW YORK BARRICADES IN ANTICIPATION OF LOOMING TRUMP INDICTMENT

“Barricades are being set up around Manhattan Criminal Court — as our nation awaits an announcement on whether President Donald J. Trump will be INDICTED despite having committed NO CRIME,” the fundraising email reads.

On Saturday, Trump fueled speculation that he will be slapped with an indictment by claiming he “will be arrested on Tuesday.” A spokesperson for him later clarified that he had not received “notification” about a potential indictment and was largely riffing off media reports.

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Prosecutors are eyeing an alleged $130,000 hush money payment wired to porn star Stormy Daniels, also known as Stephanie Gregory Clifford, during the tail end of the 2016 election. In exchange, Trump’s then-lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, apparently procured her signature on a nondisclosure agreement to stay quiet about an alleged affair with Trump nearly a decade prior.

Possible charges are believed to encompass an alleged business document falsification concerning the payment as well as a campaign finance violation. Trump has adamantly denied wrongdoing and contests claims he had an affair with Daniels.

New York officials were on “high alert day” Tuesday despite not receiving credible threats of civil unrest, CNN reported. Trump issued a battle cry to his supporters over the weekend, telling them to “protest, take our nation back.”

Critics seethed at that call, drawing parallels to Trump’s speech at the White House Ellipse in which he fired up his supporters before a mob stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6.

In response to Trump, a representative for Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg maintained that his office “will not be intimidated by attempts to undermine the justice process, nor will we let baseless accusations deter us from fairly applying the law.”

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Trump is currently the front-runner in the 2024 GOP primary for the presidency.

Several of his declared and potential rivals have railed against reports that Bragg’s team is set to lodge an indictment against Trump.

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