Trump claims he’s going to be arrested – as soon as tomorrow In a post on Truth Social, former President Donald Trump wrote (in all caps) that he expects to be arrested on Tuesday. It is unclear whether charges will be issued and an arrest made Tuesday, if at all. A representative for Trump later clarified he had received no notification from authorities, while a grand jury hearing evidence is still set to hear testimony from at least one other witness.
The claims come as the Manhattan district attorney’s office is investigating a hush money payment allegedly made to adult film star Stormy Daniels. In 2018, Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, admitted to paying Stormy Daniels $130,000 to keep the alleged affair between her and Trump quiet. Trump paid him back but has denied having an affair. The case picked up steam when the Manhattan DA convened a grand jury to dig deeper. Now, Trump’s calling for protests and to “take our nation back.” (It’s worth noting Trump has yet to be charged.)
In the meantime, law enforcement is planning to beef up security, just in case. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has said he would direct House committees to investigate the DA’s probe. McCarthy also said he doesn’t think Americans should protest this, saying “we want calmness out there.”
Meanwhile, Trump’s current attorney said they’d “follow the normal procedures” pending charges. If indicted, it would be the first time in history a former president faces criminal charges. What comes after is TBD.
Trump and allies have framed the probe as politically motivated and timed to impact his 2024 presidential campaign. If an indictment is made, it would mark the first time a sitting or former president faced criminal charges in modern times (Ulysses Grant was briefly detained for speeding in a horse-drawn carriage in 1872).
While many people might be gleeful about the prospect of the former guy being held to account, it might be prudent to take a less celebratory stance.
Here is some great advice from a top messaging strategist in the event that Trump gets arrested this week:
No. This is why last’s year controversial search of six teenage girls at Suring High School conducted by former Suring Public Schools Administrator, Kelly Casper, was such a big deal. The girls’ families were outraged to learn Casper made them strip to their underwear while searching for nicotine vapes.
The families hired a civil rights attorney who filed a notice of claim with the school, but a lawsuit hasn’t been filed according to online state and federal court databases.
At the time, the Oconto County District Attorney said Casper wouldn’t be charged for making the girls remove their clothes because the search didn’t meet the state’s definition of an illegal strip search. The current law defines such a search as exposing or touching genitals, buttocks, or breasts. But now a bipartisan bill introduced in the Wisconsin Assembly Tuesday seeks to change the definition to include searches in which students are still wearing undergarments.
Today is the vernal equinox, which is a fancy way of saying it’s the first day of spring.
What are your official signs that spring has sprung?
Reminder that the Wisconsin Supreme Court Election is 15 days away.