ABC News producer John Santucci claimed this Former President Donald Trump He was cut off during a phone call when the producer asked if he would turn himself in to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.
During an ABC News special Thursday with anchor David Muir, Santucci told viewers that the former president abruptly ended their phone call after Santucci asked him a provocative question about his possible arrest.
The news segment aired after DA Alvin Bragg’s Manhattan office announced it was formally charging Trump. Although the office did not disclose the charges against Trump, reports alleged that they were likely related to silent payments Trump allegedly made to porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016.
Santucci joined Muir hv news Live broadcast Thursday to reveal how his last call with the embattled former president went. Santucci apparently received a letter from Trump about feeling attacked, but took a tone when he asked for details on how he would respond to the arrest.
Muir pushed Santucci, asking, “What did the former chief tell you?” The producer said, “David, I’ve cut off contact with the former president. He told me he just learned of the news, and said it was ‘an attack on our country.'” He said, “It’s political persecution.” He went on to say, David, “They’re trying to influence the election.”
Santucci then mentioned his question that led to Trump abandoning the call: “I asked the former president, is he planning to turn himself in? David, he said, ‘Take care of yourself, John,’ and then hung up.”
The producer added, “So I guess we’ll have to wait and see, but apparently all our reports have been that the ex-president does indeed intend to head to New York. He probably didn’t want to give me that piece of information from him yet, but something we know his team has been in active talks about.” Now with the Secret Service for what that would look like.”
On Thursday evening, Bragg’s office released a statement claiming that it had “contacted Mr. Trump’s attorney to coordinate his surrender to the DA’s office for his trial on a Supreme Court indictment, which remains sealed.”
Reports claim that next Tuesday is one of the possible dates Trump will surrender the Manhattan administration
Other key figures in the Republican Party have focused on the potential arrest Governor Ron DeSantis. R-Fla. , declaring that he would not assist New York law enforcement in extraditing the president from his home in Florida.
On Thursday, the governor tweeted that the indictment was “un-American” and claimed that “Florida will not assist an extradition request given the questionable circumstances with the Soros-backed Manhattan district attorney and his political agenda.”