Trump’s Threats: Death and Destruction if Charged with a Crime.
On Friday, law enforcement authorities were quoted by NBC News as stating that Bragg's office had received a mail containing white powder and a threatening message. The letter was sent to Bragg's office. NBC reports that the message read, "ALVIN: I AM GOING TO KILL YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Trump’s Threats: Death and Destruction if Charged with a Crime.
Donald Trump, a former president of the United States, warned of “potential death and devastation” if he were to face charges in connection with a 2016 hush money payment made by his personal attorney to a porn star.
If the payment was paid in 2016, that is what the investigation is looking into. This comment was made by Trump on Friday, over a week after he predicted that he would be detained in connection with the case and asked his fans to demonstrate.
“What kind of person can accuse another person of a crime when it is clear to everyone that no crime has been committed and that the potential death and destruction caused by such a false charge could be disastrous for our nation?
In this case, the accuser is a former president of the United States who received more votes than any other sitting president in the history of the nation and who is the front-runner (by a wide margin!) for the Republican Party nomination. Trump published a piece on his Truth Social platform on Friday.”
The former president, who is seeking the presidency once more in 2024, has publicly criticised Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg on multiple occasions. Bragg is the prosecutor who is in charge of monitoring the inquiry.
A few hours earlier, Trump published a piece that contained a split image that contrasted a photo of the former president carrying a baseball bat with a picture of Bragg. The image was posted on Trump’s website.
Fears of political violence have been reignited as a result of the bellicose rhetoric of the former president and his calls for protests. This comes more than two years after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, in an attempt to prevent Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential election win from being certified.
On Friday, law enforcement authorities were quoted by NBC News as stating that Bragg’s office had received a mail containing white powder and a threatening message. The letter was sent to Bragg’s office. NBC reports that the message read, “ALVIN: I AM GOING TO KILL YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Later, a representative for Alvin’s office was quoted by American media sites as saying that the mail was quickly controlled, and law enforcement personnel found that “there was no dangerous substance.”
Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu posted on Twitter on Friday, “If you still support Donald Trump, you are supporting someone who has called for disruption and violence and continues to call for disorder and bloodshed.”
“If you continue to support Donald Trump, you are backing a person who has called for chaos and violence and still does today.” Hakeem Jeffries, the leader of the Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives, referred to Trump’s speech as “reprehensible” and “disgusting.”
Jeffries was overheard by the media saying to the questioners, “It’s hazardous, and if he keeps it up, he’s going to get someone murdered.”
Bragg, an elected Democrat, addressed a letter on Thursday to prominent Republican members of the House of Representatives, in which he refuted charges that the probe is politically motivated and emphasised that he is fulfilling his legal duties as a prosecutor.
The lawsuit presently being tried in New York is around a payment made by Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen to adult film actor Stormy Daniels in the run-up to the 2016 election. Cohen said that Trump had ordered him to pay Daniels to keep quiet after she claimed to have had an affair with the married Trump.
The former president refuted the relationship and stated that the money was made to protect his reputation from a false accusation, stressing that he did nothing illegal. He also stated that the payment was made to defend his reputation from a false allegation.
This week, a grand jury has been deliberating behind closed doors to decide whether or not to indict President Trump on any criminal charges.
Many US news outlets have reported that the possible charges revolve around how Trump paid Cohen for his services. The prosecution has claimed that he improperly labelled the payments as legal expenditures, which raises the possibility that he would be prosecuted for manipulating company records.
A significant number of prominent Republicans have rallied to Trump’s defence, supporting his charges that Bragg is interfering in political affairs. Despite this, most people have either disregarded or ignored Trump’s calls for protests.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, a supporter of President Trump, stated this week that “we want peace out there.” John Kirby, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council at the White House, stated on Monday that he was “unaware” of any specific threats related to comments made by President Trump.
Media quotes quote Kirby as stating, “We are continuously monitoring this as you would presume we should, especially because of the incidents that took place on January 6.”
On Saturday, Trump will hold a campaign rally in Waco, which is located in the state of Texas. This event will take place on the same day as the anniversary of a violent standoff that took place 30 years ago between federal law enforcement and members of a religious cult known as the Branch Davidians. This siege resulted in the deaths of 80 members of the group as well as four US officers.
The incident became a major source of resentment for parties who are opposed to the government and those on the far right.
The Trump team has denied that there is any connection between the anniversary of the tragedy and the rally, saying media sources in the United States that Waco was picked for the rally because of its central position in Texas.
Trump is also under investigation for his alleged role in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol and his management of classified data. The state of Georgia is also carrying out a probe into the efforts that President Trump is making to change the outcome of the election in 2020. Trump has denied any misconduct and dismissed all the charges as politically motivated.
Edited by Prakriti Arora