The White House is gearing up for violent protests by Donald Trump supporters after National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said on Sunday he expects the former president to be arrested this week. He said there were no signs of
Trump called out protests in a social media post on Saturday, claiming that “illegal leaks” from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office led him to believe he would be arrested.
Kirby addressed the situation during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” saying he was unaware of the potential violence associated with the former president’s call for protest.
“We are always monitoring the situation here as best we can,” Kirby said. Of course, we will monitor them carefully.
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“Frankly, this goes without saying if there are any protests on any matter, I want to make sure they are peaceful,” he added.
When asked if he was worried about security, Kirby replied: We will continue to monitor this as best we can by contacting state authorities across the country. ”
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is reportedly preparing to indict Trump for alleged hush money payments he made as a presidential candidate in 2016.
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Trump said Saturday morning on his Truth Social site that he expects to be arrested on Tuesday, writing, “Protest and take back our country!”
Critics accused Trump of inciting violence when a mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021, temporarily suspending recognition of President Biden’s election victory. compared his call to action with the U.S. Capitol Riot.