Few show up to Mar-a-Lago while Trump expects NY indictment after hush money probe

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. – A few supporters of former President Donald Trump met outside Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday to show their support amid fears of an indictment.

Trump, who is campaigning for reelection in 2024, recently announced on Truth Social that he was expecting an indictment on Tuesday out of New York.

“I don’t really think it’s going to happen. I’m hoping and praying it doesn’t happen,” Libby Depiero said.

A Manhattan grand jury has been investigating Trump’s alleged hush-money payments during his 2016 presidential campaign. The 23 members of the grand jury have to decide if there is sufficient evidence for Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg to indict Trump.

Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney, testified that he paid Stephanie Clifford, better known as porn actor Stormy Daniels, $130,000, and Playboy model Karen McDougal $150,000 to keep quiet about their sexual relationships with Trump, who has denied this.

Federal prosecutors alleged the Trump Organization reimbursed Cohen $420,000, including a $60,000 bonus, and “grossed up” Daniels’s payment to defray tax payments — when these were really unreported assistance to Trump’s campaign.

Cohen pleaded guilty to violating federal campaign finance law. The grand jury’s proceedings are closed to the public. Robert Costello, Cohen’s former legal adviser, testified on Monday.

Derek Arnold said Tuesday that he has been out showing his support for Trump in Palm Beach since Sunday.

“I don’t see the type of man that Donald Trump is having that kind of relations with someone,” Arnold said. “I think he’s more honorable, more responsible.”

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Officials in Palm Beach were preparing for the possibility of protests Tuesday outside of Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach.

Local 10 News affiliate ABC News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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