Former US president's post was the latest in a string of verbal attacks on a New York City prosecutor, who is probing hush-money payment Trump allegedly made to an adult movie actress ahead of the 2016 elections.

Some observers believe an indictment bodes ill for Trump's 2024 chances, while others say it could boost his support.
Some observers believe an indictment bodes ill for Trump's 2024 chances, while others say it could boost his support. (DAVID DEE DELGADO / Reuters)

Former US President Donald Trump warned of potential "death & destruction" if he faces criminal charges, hours after New York prosecutors probing his hush-money payment to an adult movie actress said they would not be intimidated.

The early Friday post on Trump's own social media platform was the latest in a string of verbal attacks on Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg since last Saturday when Trump wrongly predicted he would be arrested three days later.

Trump claims his defeat in 2020 was the result of fraud - a claim that was followed by his supporters violently breached the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, as lawmakers and Trump's vice president, Mike Pence, were set to certify his loss to Democrat Joe Biden.

"What kind of person can charge another person, in this case a former President of the United States, who got more votes than any sitting President in history, and leading candidate (by far!) for the Republican Party nomination, with a Crime, when it is known by all that NO Crime has been committed, & also known that potential death & destruction in such a false charge could be catastrophic for our Country?" wrote Trump, who is seeking the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

Bragg's office, in a letter to Republican committee chairmen in Congress on Thursday, challenged their standing to investigate his office and said Trump had "created a false expectation that he would be arrested" in his post last Saturday.

The letter called the chairmen's request for communications, documents and testimony an "unlawful incursion into New York's sovereignty."

READ MORE: NYC prosecutor says Trump gave 'false expectation' about his claimed arrest

Overturning defeat

Stormy Daniels, an adult film actress and director, has said she received the money in exchange for keeping silent about liaison she had with Trump in 2006.

Trump has denied ever having an affair with Daniels, and has called the payment a "simple private transaction." He has said he did not commit a crime and has called the investigation politically motivated.

The Manhattan grand jury probing Trump is not due to reconvene until next week.

In other cases, Georgia prosecutors are looking into Trump's attempts to overturn his election defeat there, and a federal special counsel is investigating both his attempts to overturn his loss and the removal of classified documents from the White House after Trump left office.

On Saturday, Trump will hold a campaign rally in Waco, Texas, 30 years after a raid on the Branch Davidians religious sect there by federal agents resulted in 86 deaths, including four law-enforcement officers.

The event has become a symbol of government overreach for some and is a seminal moment for some right-wing extremist groups.

In an e-mail, a Trump campaign spokesperson said Waco was chosen because it is situated between several major population centres and has the infrastructure needed to host a large event.

READ MORE: As Stormy as it gets: What options does Trump have if he's indicted?

Source: TRTWorld and agencies