Manhattan D.A. Manhattan D.A. says intimidation of office will not be tolerated following Trump’s call for protests

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg sought to reassure his staff in an internal message that intimidation or threats against them would not be tolerated.

Alvin Bragg, Manhattan District Attorney, wanted to assure his staff that threats or intimidation against them would not go unpunished. As his office continues its investigation into former President Donald Trump’s actions, Alvin Bragg communicated to his staff that intimidation and threats against them would not be tolerated. He stated Saturday that he believed he would be arrested on Tuesday.

Bragg stated that safety was our highest priority in a memo to staff, which was obtained by NBC News via a top official from the Manhattan DA’s Office.

He said, “We don’t tolerate attempts to intimidate or threaten the rule law in New York.”

The first report by Politico did not mention Trump and only referred to “an ongoing investigation of this office.”

March 18, 2023 03:00

Bragg’s Office is investigating Trump in connection to a hush money payment made to Stormy Daniels, an adult video performer, duringhis first presidential campaign.

Trump posted on Truth Social Saturday that he was concerned about reports that he could be facing criminal charges. He also stated that he believed he would be arrested Tuesday.

Trump, who is running for the presidency again, urged his followers to protest. “WE MUST SAVE AMERICA!” PROTEST, PROTEST, PROTEST!! He said it on Truth Social.

Later, a Trump spokesperson stated that there had not been any notification other than “illegal leaks” by the Justice Department or “the D.A.’s office.”

Bragg’s email didn’t go into details about possible threats to the office but stated that law enforcement partners would “ensure that any specific threats to the office or credible threats will be investigated” and that all necessary safeguards will be in place.

His office didn’t immediately respond to a late Saturday request for comment.

Additional coverage of the New York hush-money probe

NBC News reported Friday, that the law enforcement agencies are preparing for a possible Trump Indictment as soon as next week.

The case’s key witness is Michael Cohen, a former Trump attorney. He testified before this week’s grand jury. In 2018, Cohen pleaded guilty to a federal crime related to making payments to Daniels. For that and other offenses, he was sentenced to three years in federal jail .

Cohen claims that the payment was made to Trump and was intended for Trump’s “principal purpose” of inducing the 2016 presidential election. Daniels claims that the two had sex in 2006. Trump stated that the payment was made for a nondisclosure arrangement.

Trump claimed that the payment was legal and that Cohen had been repaid. Trump claimed in 2018 that the money was not from the campaign and that it was a private contract between two people, also known as a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA).

Trump denied any wrongdoing, calling the investigation a continuation of the partisan “witch hunting” against him.

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