(TheRedWire.com) – On Tuesday, Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) stated that the alleged hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels in 2016 made on behalf of former President Trump involved “personal money.” This statement was an attempt to further minimize the investigation led by the Manhattan District Attorney following Trump’s earlier statement that he was expecting to be arrested as part of the case this week.
McCarthy’s remarks came during a press conference at the House GOP’s annual issues retreat in Orlando that was focused on legislative priorities. The New York prosecutor is currently examining Trump’s role in the hush money payment made prior to the 2016 presidential election. McCarthy told reporters the payment was “personal money” in response to whether he was concerned about the allegations.
He continued to claim that “This was seven years ago, the statute of limitation.” And that most people would consider this probe “political.” He concluded that most people across the country believed they were “kind of tired of that.”
Over the weekend, Trump had taken to his social media platform, Truth Social to claim in a post that on Tuesday he was going to be arrested in connection to the investigation. He then proceeded to call on his supporters to protest and “TAKE OUR NATION BACK” on his behalf.
Earlier this month, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg (D) hinted there is a possibility of Trump facing criminal charges in relation to the probe after his office gave Trump the option to testify before the grand jury in the case.
No official decisions or moves have been made related to potentially charging Trump in this case. New York has a five-year statute of limitations for most felonies and two years for misdemeanors. However, that timeframe can be extended in cases where the defendant had moved out of state for a period of time. This would apply in Trump’s case as he was in the White House for four years.
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