Donald Trump claims he will be arrested on Tuesday over hush money allegedly paid to a porn star before the 2016 election.
Why it matters
If the Manhattan district attorney were to indict Trump, the 76-year-old would become the first former president to be charged with a crime as he tries to secure the Republican nomination for the 2024 presidential election.
What the papers say
Multiple sources report on Trump's claim, with some noting that he has not been notified of any pending arrest, and others highlighting the potential significance of such an indictment.
How we got here
The investigation centres on $130,000 paid with party money weeks before the 2016 polls to stop Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, from going public about an affair she says she had with Trump years earlier. The former president denies that there was any relationship with Daniels but his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, now one of the prosecutor’s key witnesses, says Trump approved the payments.
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