On Friday, supporters of Donald Trump stood outside his Mar-a-Lago estate to show support for the former president following an indictment on Thursday. That indictment, which contains at least one felony count, concerns the accounting records regarding alleged hush money payouts made to porn star Stormy Daniels by Trump's then lawyer Michael Cohen.
In the video posted by Chuck Callesto on Twitter. individuals from the crowd can be heard saying "you're the man" and "thank you" before joining in chanting "we love Trump!"
"They can't touch you, baby!" One supporter shouted in the video.
The indictment out Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg's office was filed under seal and contains at least one felony charge, according to reports. The nature of that charge has not been released. Many are calling Bragg's indictment a political prosecution.
The charges are expected to be unsealed in the coming days and at that time Bragg will have asked for Trump’s surrender in order to face arraignment.
Bragg's case against Trump claims he falsified business records and that his company accounted for $130,000 to be paid to Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer, who allegedly acted as a passthrough in order to pass the hush money along to Daniels.
In a letter dated February 8, 2018 and released earlier this month, it stated that Cohen paid Daniels the $130,000 out of his own pocket. It is unclear if those funds were ever reimbursed by the Trump organization.
For Bragg to elevate the misdemeanor charge to the status of a felony he would have to attach an "intent to defraud" motive to the accusation and try to charge Trump with a violation of New York State election law. Under that move Bragg would have to say that the cash paid to Daniels served as an illegal donation to Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.
Trump, currently in Florida, is expected to surrender on Tuesday.
It was revealed on Thursday that Manhattan prosecutors were also looking into an alleged $150,000 payment made to Karen McDougal, a former Playboy Playmate of the Year, who claimed that she had an affair with the former president.
Trump's supporters, however, are undaunted, and polls show Trump surging ahead of his nearest rival.
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