A great many Americans have been on edge this week, believing that presumptive Republican nominee for President, Donald Trump, would be arrested on Tuesday.
The information had come from Trump himself, who cited “illegal leaks” from within the court system as his source.
When Tuesday came and went, reports surfaced stating that Wednesday would be the day of indictment, but that Trump would not be arrested and fingerprinted for some time after that.
It is now Thursday, and Trump’s still nowhere closer to being incarcerated. The Manhattan District Attorney has a pretty wild theory as to why that is.
Manhattan prosecutors on Thursday said Donald Trump misled people to expect he would be arrested this week and prompted fellow Republicans in Congress to interfere with a probe under way into his hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.
On Saturday, the former president said he would be arrested on Tuesday in the probe by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.
On Monday, three Republican committee chairmen in the U.S. House of Representatives went on the offensive against District Attorney Alvin Bragg, a Democrat, accusing him of abusing prosecutorial authority and seeking communications, documents and testimony from him.
As of Wednesday, a grand jury hearing evidence in the Stormy Daniels case had yet to issue an indictment, and on Thursday Bragg’s office sent the committee chairmen a letter seen by Reuters.
The claims being made in Manhattan were fairly shocking.
The letter said the chairmen’s accusations “only came after Donald Trump created a false expectation that he would be arrested the next day and his lawyers reportedly urged you to intervene.”
It confirmed that Bragg’s office was “investigating allegations that Donald Trump engaged in violations of New York State penal law.”
Officials also pushed back intensely on the idea that Congress could involve themselves in the matter.
The response on Thursday from Bragg’s office said the three Republican House committee chairmen had sought non-public information about a pending criminal investigation, which is confidential under state law.
“The letter’s requests are an unlawful incursion into New York’s sovereignty,” said the letter signed by the district attorney’s general counsel, Leslie Dubeck. “Congress cannot have any legitimate legislative task relating to the oversight of local prosecutors enforcing state law.”
As of this writing, there has been no explanation given as to where Trump’s “illegal leaks” came from, and the bewildering response from Manhattan authorities will almost certainly have pundits scratching their heads.
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