President Donald Trump lashed out at prosecutors in a message to supporters Monday, calling the impending indictment against him a “witch hunt” and the hush-money payment an “extortion plot” by porn star Stormy Daniels.
In a video uploaded late Monday night to Truth Social, the former president tied previous investigations of his actions to the case currently pending before Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg which seeks to show that Mr. Trump directed his then-attorney and fixer Michael Cohen to disguise a $130,000 payment made to Ms. Daniels to settle rumors of an affairs days before the 2016 presidential election.
“It’s just a continuation of the most disgusting witch hunt in the history of our country. Russia, Russia, Russia. Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine. And the Mueller hoax. It’s an absolute disgrace what’s going on. They even spied on my campaign. And remember this: with all of the work that they did on Mueller, no collusion. That’s what the answer was. No collusion.
“Whether it’s the Mar-A-Lago raid, or the unselect committee hoax, the perfect Georgia phone calls, or Stormy ‘Horse Face’ Daniels’ extortion plot. It’s all fake news,” Trump said.
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Mr. Trump concluded his remarks by citing his lead in the polls for president as evidence for why “Democrat investigations” continue to haunt him two years after leaving the White House.
“They know that we can defeat them. They know that we will defeat them. They’re not coming after me, they’re coming after you. I’m just standing in their way, and I always will stand in their way,” said Trump.
Over the weekend, Trump predicted an indictment in the Manhattan district attorney’s case would be coming Tuesday, though he later admitted having not received any confirmation that an arrest was imminent. Federal and New York state law enforcement agencies met Monday to discuss how the country’s first-ever criminal charge against a former president could proceed.