Any indictment and arrest of Donald Trump would be “politically motivated” and would “tell you everything you need to know about the radical left,” Mike Pence said.
former vice president strikes out Reports say Mr Trump will be arrested on Tuesday About hush money paid to adult film stars Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal.
Mr. Pence told ABC News: “At a time when there is a crime wave in New York City, I am appalled at the idea of prosecuting a former president of the United States.”
“In fact, the Manhattan District Attorney [district attorney] Arguing that prosecuting President Trump is his top priority, I think this just tells you everything you need to know about the radical left in this country.
Mr Pence, who served in the White House under Donald Trump from 2017 to 2021, added: “It feels like a politically charged indictment here.”
Trump, 76, received a standing ovation when he arrived at a wrestling match in Oklahoma Saturday night after claiming he would be arrested on Tuesday.
Dressed in his signature blue suit and red tie, the former president, flanked by his security personnel, was cheered and fist pumped by the crowd.
Earlier, he said an “illegal leak” from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office indicated he will be sued.
In his statement on his Truth Social platform, Trump provided no evidence that he was directly informed of the imminent arrest or how he knew about the plans.
Law enforcement agencies are preparing to indict Mr. Trump, possibly as early as next week, NBC News reported.
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu said the potential indictment was gaining sympathy for Trump.
The moderate Republican who is said to be considering a run for the party’s presidential nomination told CNN that he has spoken to some who are not “big Trump supporters, but who all say … they Feel like he’s being attacked,” the person talked to.
The Manhattan district attorney’s office declined to comment on Trump’s claims, and a spokesman for the former president did not respond when contacted.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has apparently been investigating whether payments made to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougall in 2016 violated state law.
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A Manhattan grand jury has been hearing testimony from witnesses, including former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, who said he orchestrated payments to the women to keep them quiet about what they said was a relationship with Trump a decade ago. sexual contact.
Mr. Bragg’s office is also said to be examining the way Mr. Trump’s company compensates Cohen for his work.
Cohen is three years in prison After acknowledging payment in 2018.
He also admitted to tax evasion and lying to Congress about the scope of negotiations between the Trump Organization and a project to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.
Cohen claims Mr Trump directed him to make payments worth $280,000 (£230,000) to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougall – something the former president has denied.