A Fox News anchor has speculated that the potential arrest of Donald Trump on Tuesday could spark civil unrest and turn New York City into a “zoo.”
The comments came during host Neil Cavuto’s Saturday show, which featured UC Berkley law professor John Yoo as a guest.
“I’m just wondering where this is going and what Tuesday looks like,” Cavuto told Yoo.
“I can imagine it will be like a zoo out there. You’ll have a lot of people both supporting him and those hoping he goes to the Clink. It could get very messy,” he said.
Fears of violence and confrontation in the city come after Trump encouraged people to “protest” in response to his alleged arrest in Manhattan on Tuesday.
Fox News host Neil Cavuto (pictured) said Tuesday’s potential arrest of Donald Trump could spark civil unrest and turn New York City into a “zoo.”
Fears of violence and confrontation in the city come after Trump encouraged people to “protest” in response to his alleged arrest in Manhattan on Tuesday. Hours after the post, he’s watching Saturday’s NCAA Wrestling Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma
On Saturday, Trump said on his social media platform Truth Social that Manhattan prosecutors are arranging to arrest him for payments he allegedly made to Stormy Daniels, with whom he is accused of an affair.
Trump denies the affair and knowledge of the payments.
On Saturday, he posted on his social media platform to claim the probe was “corrupt and highly political” and called the alleged hush money payment an “old and fully debunked fairy tale.”
‘PROTEST OUR NATION BACK!’ he explained on Saturday morning.
Yoo suggested that unlike other US cities, Downtown Manhattan does not have open spaces conducive to large gatherings and demonstrations.
“I think it will be a zoo. First of all, New York City, it’s not like Washington DC, which has these wide spaces for public exhibitions,” he said.
“It could be very dangerous. The police and the secret service are going to have a really hard time maintaining control of the crowd and making sure nothing like January 6 happens,” Yoo said.
Yoo said it was in Trump’s interest that any demonstrations remain civil and peaceful.
“In fact, it is in President Trump’s own interest to ensure the protests don’t get out of control,” Yoo said.
“He shouldn’t want violence to happen, he shouldn’t want people to get hurt just because he gets arrested,” he added.
UC Berkley law professor John Yoo told Cavuto he was concerned the layout of New York City’s streets was not conducive to gatherings and demonstrations
Former President Trump congratulated Princeton wrestler Pat Glory on Saturday after he won the NCAA wrestling championship in the 125-pound class
‘PROTEST OUR NATION BACK!’ Trump said in a Truth Social post on Saturday morning
If Trump’s claims of imminent arrest are true, he would be the first former president to be prosecuted. His post came hours after it was claimed that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg plans to indict Trump next week.
A spokesman for Trump said he was “rightly emphasizing his innocence and the arming of our injustice system.”
Kevin McCarthy, Speaker of the House, said: “Here we go again – an outrageous abuse of power by a radical prosecutor who is letting violent criminals free while pursuing political revenge on President Trump.
“I direct the relevant committees to immediately investigate whether federal funds are being used to undermine our democracy by interfering in elections with politically motivated law enforcement.”
Last week, the former president and 2024 hopeful was invited to testify before a Manhattan grand jury, with his longtime fixer and former attorney Michael Cohen testifying on Monday.
Cohen was serving a jail term after pleading guilty to two criminal counts, one of which involved using campaign funds in relation to Daniels and another woman allegedly having an affair with Trump.
He said he was acting on his orders and the payouts were intended to keep the affair stories from the public eye ahead of the 2016 election. Trump has admitted to compensating Cohen
Daniels met with prosecutors Wednesday to answer additional questions in the case, and her attorney, Clark Brewster, said she will continue to make herself available as a witness if necessary in the future.
Trump’s lawyer said the former president continues to deny the substance of allegations of a sexual relationship with Daniels (pictured with Trump), calling the $130,000 a “harassment payment” that wealthy or famous people sometimes pay to get a distracting situation gone permit
Daniels met with prosecutors Wednesday to answer more questions in the case and tweeted that she thanks her attorney for “helping me in our ongoing fight for truth and justice.”
Cohen has also indicated that he made damning statements to the grand jury that implicate Trump. He testified for three hours on Monday.
He previously said: “This is all about accountability. He must be held accountable for his dirty deeds.’
Speculation of impending indictments also mounted when Bragg told Trump’s team that the former president could testify before the grand jury if he chooses to — a notification that usually comes at the end of a trial that could mean an indictment is imminent.
Legal experts have said Trump could face one of two charges over the payments – but acknowledge both would be difficult to prove.
He could be charged with falsifying business records if Trump allegedly knew his advance payment agreement with Cohen was a sham to facilitate payments. That would be a misdemeanor under New York law unless prosecutors prove records were falsified to cover up another crime, which would make it a felony.
That other crime could be that the payments violated state election law because the alleged payment was to benefit his campaign.
Trump could face up to four years in prison for those charges.
However, experts say the former president could still be up for re-election if he is impeached or even convicted over the matter. Trump has previously claimed he would “not even consider leaving the race” if impeached.
The US Constitution does not say that a candidate cannot run if he has a criminal record. The stipulations are simple, that a candidate be a natural-born citizen, at least 35 years of age and a resident of the United States for 14 years or more.
Kate Shaw, a legal analyst and professor at the Cardozo School of Law, told ABC, “There is nothing in the Constitution that precludes persons convicted of crimes from running for or serving as president. “
Any issues are likely to be more practical than legal, Shaw said, such as imprisonment making campaigning “difficult, if not impossible.”
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