Fox News reported on Saturday that former President Donald Trump may be indicted this week by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg on allegations that he illegally paid hush money to adult film star Stormy Daniels.
While many leftists welcomed the prospect of Trump being arrested, billionaire Elon Musk predicted that their perspective will change.
According to Fox News, Musk argued in a tweet this weekend that targeting the former president will only catapult him back into the White House.
If this happens, Trump will be re-elected in a landslide victory
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 18, 2023
Fox News cited a source who said Bragg recently met with law enforcement in order to "discuss logistics for some time next week, which would mean that they are anticipating an indictment next week."
Trump's potential indictment comes after a five-year-long investigation of a $130,000 payment in 2016 by his former attorney Michael Cohen to Daniels.
The former president then went on to reimburse Cohen through a series of installments which were labeled as legal fees.
The payment to Daniels was made a decade after she and Trump had a brief affair, and critics allege it constituted an illegal campaign expenditure.
However, George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley told Fox News that there are a "number of flaws" in that legal theory.
"You have to show that that money was paid with the election solely in mind. There's obviously a lot of different reasons why a married man would want to hush up a scandal with a former stripper," Turley pointed out.
What's more, Turley raised questions about whether such a case could even be brought, saying, "I think Bragg is out of time. The statute of limitations is about two years on this offense. That has already run."
"You can extend it to five years if you connect it as a felony to another crime. Even at five years, I'm not sure the time has not run out. So there's going to be some very intense challenges here," the legal expert continued.
Turley also suggested that any effort on the part of Bragg to indict Trump would likely be motivated by political considerations.
"The only reason I think we're seeing this case is that two of his prosecutors resigned. In my view, they acted really inappropriately," the professor said.