Manhattan DA says his workplace won’t tolerate rule of legislation threats after Trump referred to as on supporters to protest
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg addresses attendees during the National Action Network national convention in New York, April 7, 2022.
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Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg emailed his staff on Saturday assuring them their safety was “the top priority” after former President Donald Trump urged his supporters to oppose his alleged impeachment to protest.
“We will not tolerate attempts to intimidate our office or threaten the rule of law in New York,” Bragg said in the memo, obtained by a senior official in the Manhattan Attorney’s office for NBC News.
Bragg’s office has been investigating Trump’s connection to a hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels during his first presidential bid in 2016. In a social media post on Saturday, Trump said he expects to be arrested on Tuesday, citing leaks from the “corrupt prosecutor’s office.” He urged his followers to protest for him.
“The far and far leading Republican nominee and former President of the United States will be arrested Tuesday of next week,” Trump wrote on his social media page Truth Social early Saturday morning. “PROTEST, TAKE BACK OUR NATION!”
A grand jury has heard testimony related to the 2016 payout in Lower Manhattan State Criminal Court, but no public announcements have been made about when or if Trump will be charged. Law enforcement agencies across New York have taken precautions in case the former president faces criminal charges.
Bragg’s email didn’t directly reference Trump or his comments, but he did reassure employees that he is “committed to maintaining a safe work environment.” The email was first reported by Politico. Bragg said his office will continue to coordinate with officers from the New York City Police Department and the Office of Judicial Management.
“Our law enforcement partners will ensure that any specific or credible threats against the office are fully investigated and that the proper safeguards are put in place to ensure all 1,600 of us have a safe work environment,” Bragg wrote.