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Trump 'didn't make' up claim he would be arrested last week, his attorney says

Joe Tacopina said that he had not spoken to Trump about any possible special arrangements made with the district attorney's office.

Published: March 27, 2023 8:31am

Former President Donald Trump "didn't make" up the claim that he would be arrested last week, and he based it on "a lot of leaks coming out" of the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, Trump attorney Joe Tacopina said Sunday.

NBC News' "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd asked Tacopina whether Trump made up the claim that he would be arrested last week as part of District Attorney Alvin Bragg's probe into a hush money payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in 2016. 

"No, he didn't make it up, he was reacting towards a lot of leaks coming out of the district attorney's office," Tacopina responded. "There had been a leak, Chuck, that Monday ... there was a law enforcement meeting, including Secret Service and NYPD, that was going to go through the logistics of the arraignment. And then there was, of course, a lot of rumors regarding the arraignment being the next day. So he just, I think he just assumed based on those leaks that that's what was going to happen."

Tacopina also said that he had not spoken to Trump about any possible special arrangements made with the district attorney's office.

"We've been in touch with the district attorney's office regarding potential logistics of an arraignment, if it gets to that poin," he said. "But certainly it didn't come from us. It came from the leaks that we all read in the newspaper that Monday, or the Friday preceding."

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