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Hours from his own arraignment, Trump says Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg should ‘INDICT HIMSELF’

Former U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at Trump Tower on April 03, 2023 in New York City. Trump is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow at a Manhattan courthouse following his indictment by a grand jury, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg speaks at a press conference after the sentencing hearing of the Trump Organization at the New York Supreme Court on January 13, 2023 in New York City.Trump attacked Bragg in a Truth Social post on Monday.

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  • Donald Trump said on Monday evening that Alvin Bragg should “INDICT HIMSELF.”
  • Trump on Truth Social — without substantiation or evidence — accused Bragg of leaking information.
  • Trump made the social media post just hours before he’s expected to surrender in New York.

On the eve of his arraignment in New York, former President Donald Trump took to social media to declare that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg should “INDICT HIMSELF.”

Trump, who was indicted on Thursday and is expected to surrender on April 4, lashed out at Bragg in a Truth Social post on Monday.

The former president took issue with some details of his coming arraignment being reported by the press, and blamed the reports on Bragg.

“Wow! District Attorney Bragg just illegally LEAKED the various points, and complete information, on the pathetic Indictment against me,” Trump wrote on Monday. “I know the reporter and so, unfortunately, does he. This means that he MUST BE IMMEDIATELY INDICTED.”

“Now, if he wants to really clean up his reputation, he will do the honorable thing and, as District Attorney, INDICT HIMSELF,” added Trump.

Trump did not elaborate on why he thought Bragg leaked any information from the sealed indictment and did not provide any evidence to prove his claim. 

Trump was indicted in connection with Bragg’s investigation into a $130,000 election-eve hush-money payment paid by Trump’s fixer and personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to the adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

While Trump’s indictment remains sealed, Bragg’s investigation is thought to be central to the charges prepared against the former president.

It is also unclear what information Trump was referring to when he wrote on Monday about “various points” and “complete information” being leaked. But several reports over the last week, citing anonymous sources close to the investigation, say the former president faces around 30 charges in New York.

Michael Isikoff, the chief investigative correspondent at Yahoo News, on Monday evening reported several fresh details on the plans for Trump’s arraignment, citing a source briefed on the procedures.

Trump will be charged with 34 felony counts related to falsifying business records, and formally arraigned in a courtroom after his surrender, Isikoff reported. 

The former president repeatedly attacked Bragg in the days before and after his indictment, calling the district attorney a “SOROS BACKED ANIMAL,” among other insults. He also shared an article with a photo of himself holding a baseball bat next to a photo of Bragg, in a Truth Social post that’s since been deleted.

Trump’s claim that Bragg is backed by billionaire George Soros is based on the fact that a nonprofit group funded by Soros donated to Bragg. However, Soros’ spokesman, Michael Vachon, told Insider that none of the funds given to the nonprofit were specifically earmarked for Bragg, and added that the billionaire and the district attorney have never been in contact.

Amid news coverage of the indictment, Bragg’s office was flooded with calls and emails from angry Trump supporters, Insider previously reported. Some callers threatened Bragg and made racially-charged comments about the prosecutor.

In response, Bragg has said his office will not be “intimidated by attempts to undermine the justice process.” He defended his investigation earlier this month on MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation,” saying it is “based on the evidence and the law.”

Representatives for Trump and the Manhattan district attorney’s office did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment sent outside regular business hours. 

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