Donald Trump returns to Tulsa under pressure

Former President Donald Trump is due to visit Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday amid reports he could be indicted by Manhattan Attorneys as soon as next week. The Tulsa County GOP has encouraged supporters to welcome Trump. Speculation is mounting that Trump could be indicted over a financial payback to his former attorney, Michael Cohen.

Former President Donald Trump is due to travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday amid reports he could be indicted by Manhattan Attorneys as soon as next week.

Trump will attend the NCAA wrestling tournament at the Bank of Oklahoma (BOK) center in Tulsa, according to the Tulsa County GOP, which has encouraged supporters to welcome Trump.

Speculation has mounted that Trump could be indicted by prosecutors in New York stemming from the Manhattan Attorney’s Office investigation into a $130,000 reimbursement made to former Trump attorney Michael Cohen for a payment he made to adult film actor Daniels ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Any possible indictment would likely focus on Trump’s company classifying the reimbursement to Cohen as legal expenses. It is against New York State law for companies to misclassify the nature of the expense, and such misclassification may result in a misdemeanor charge.

This charge can become a felony if the false statement was made to cover up another felony. Cohen previously pleaded guilty to campaign finance charges after he helped arrange payments to Daniels.

Tulsa County’s Republican Party announced Trump’s visit to the city on Facebook on Friday, writing, “Bring your flags!! Put on your patriotic attire and let’s welcome Trump to Tulsa!”

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The Post added that Trump would be at the BOK Center and said, “We’re waiting on the route and locations to welcome him.”

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In a statement about the visit, the Tulsa County GOP pointed to the 2024 presidential race, saying, “The race for president starts here!! Let’s show him how ‘hospitable’ a city Tulsa is.”

Trump held a campaign rally at the BOK Center in June 2020 and reportedly encountered thousands of empty seats, according to reports at the time. Trump and then-Vice President Mike Pence canceled an appearance at an outdoor rally that was also sparsely attended.

There was evidence that TikTok users and fans of Korean pop music had inflated expected attendance at the event by registering for hundreds of thousands of tickets as a prank, but Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale denied this was the case.

Saturday’s event is not a Trump campaign rally, but the former president will attend a portion of the 2023 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, taking place March 16-18 at the BOK Center.

Trump’s visit to Tulsa comes ahead of his first formal campaign event of 2024, which will be held March 25 in Waco, Texas. However, the former president could face charges before that date.

NBC New York reported Friday that local, state and federal law enforcement agencies are preparing for the possibility of an indictment as early as next week, citing five senior officials familiar with the matter.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing and has slammed the investigation, while his attorney Joseph Tacopina said the former president will face charges if the grand jury indicts him in the case.

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Newsweek has emailed former President Trump’s office for comment.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump addresses reporters before his speech at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center March 4, 2023 in National Harbor, Maryland. Trump will visit Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images