Trump’s longtime ally Roger Stone has warned that the former president must prepare to be indicted for fraud in the coming weeks

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Roger Stone, left, has predicted that former President Donald Trump, right, will be indicted.

  • Roger Stone has predicted that former President Donald Trump will be indicted, he said in an InfoWars interview.
  • The indictment would be on the grounds of “bank fraud or tax fraud,” Stone said.
  • Stone accused Manhattan prosecutors of “combing for a crime” in their wide-ranging criminal probe.
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Roger Stone, a longtime friend, and erstwhile adviser to Donald Trump believes the former president will face an indictment imminently, Salon reported.

“I would be shocked if they did not come forward with a fabricated indictment for bank fraud or tax fraud against the former president [Donald Trump] by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.,” Stone said during an appearance on the far-right InfoWars website.

“If they want to go after the president on fabricated charges, then we will establish that this is a partisan witch hunt,” the GOP strategist, who was pardoned by Trump in 2020, told InfoWars host Alex Jones.

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Stone argued that the indictment would likely be filed sometime around when the Republican-led effort to examine ballots in Maricopa County, Arizona, comes to an end.

“Don’t be surprised if the announcement comes at the same time that we learn the truth about Maricopa County, Arizona,” he said. “Don’t be surprised because I see that coming.”

Stone also alleged in the interview that those involved with the Manhattan district attorney’s criminal investigation into Trump are “combing for a crime” and referred to it as “disgraceful.”

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has convened a grand jury as his office investigates whether the Trump Organization violated state law, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. This marks an aggressive new phase in Vance’s years-long investigation, Insider’s Sonam Sheth and Jacob Shamsian reported.

Legal experts suspect the inquiry is nearing its end, Sheth and Shamsian said.

The probe looks into the Trump Organization’s and former President Donald Trump’s finances, court records show.

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Georgia prosecutor seriously considering a criminal investigation into Trump’s election interference, report says

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President Donald J. Trump stops to talk to reporters as he walks to board Marine One and depart from the South Lawn at the White House on Tuesday, Jan 12, 2021 in Washington, DC.

  • Fulton County’s district attorney is seriously considering launching a criminal investigation into President Donald Trump, according to The New York Times.
  • This follows calls by a watchdog group and Democratic lawmakers to have Trump investigated for interfering in the 2020 election.
  • The only Democrat on Georgia’s state election board is demanding that an inquiry launch be announced before February 10, reported The Washington Post.
  • The inquiry would mainly focus on Trump’s phone call with Brad Raffensperger, in which he asked the secretary of state to ‘find’ 11,780 votes.
  • Trump, who is reported to be considering pardoning himself, would not be protected from a state prosecution.
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Prosecutors in Georgia are moving closer to opening a criminal investigation into President Donald Trump, according to The New York Times.

Fulton County’s new district attorney, Fani Willis, is seriously considering whether to launch an official inquiry into Trump’s attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 Election, the paper reported.

Willis has also deliberated over whether to hire a special assistant to oversee the inquiry, sources told the Times.

The calls for Trump to be investigated have come from watchdog groups and Democratic lawmakers.

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Earlier this month, the sole Democrat on Georgia’s state election board, David Worley, called on Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to look into Trump’s controversial hour-long phone call, according to The Washington Post.

Worley referred to a Georgia state code that makes it illegal to solicit someone into committing election fraud, the paper reported. Violating ยง 21-2-604 is punishable by up to three years in jail.

In Trump’s call, obtained by the Post, the president urged Raffensperger to ‘find’ 11,780 votes to secure a win over President-elect Joe Biden. This request was rebuffed.

Since Worley’s request, Raffensperger has noted a potential conflict of interest in him investigating the conversation. He told ABC News that Fulton County would be a more “appropriate venue” to conduct a criminal investigation.

Worley has since warned that if Fulton County’s district attorney doesn’t announce an inquiry into the phone call by the date of the state election board’s next meeting, then he would make a motion to refer it to her office, according to The New York Times.

The next meeting is scheduled to take place on February 10, 2021.

If the motion does not result in an official referral, Worley told the paper that he would contact Willis himself and urge her to launch an investigation.

Some legal experts believe that Trump’s phone call might have broken both state and federal law, according to Slate.

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It has been reported that Trump is considering pardoning himself before leaving office – but these efforts might not fully protect him.

Federal pardons do not apply to state prosecutions. Trump, therefore, risks being charged with offenses that go beyond his pardoning power.

Trump is already facing criminal investigations brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. Both of these cases also go beyond the reach of a presidential pardon.

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