The Manhattan DA has reported to Trump’s attorneys that the former president is likely to face criminal charges for his illegal payments of secret money to Stormy Daniels.
The New York Times reported:
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office recently flagged Donald J. Trump’s attorneys that he could face criminal charges for his role in paying silent money to a porn star, the strongest indication to date that prosecutors are close to indicting the former president, according to four people with knowledge of the matter.
Prosecutors have offered Mr Trump the chance to testify next week before the grand jury which is hearing evidence in the potential case, the people said. Such offers almost always indicate that an indictment is near; it would be unusual for District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg to notify a potential defendant without ultimately seeking charges against him.
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It’s now a race to see if Alvin Bragg or DA Fani Willis in Fulton County, Georgia will be the first to indict Trump. Once Trump is indicted somewhere, the floodgates may soon open. It will no longer be a problem to indict a former president because it will have already happened.
Trump is an unprecedented case, as it could be argued that he gave himself up and potentially used criminal activity to obtain the presidency. Richard Nixon engaged in criminal activities as president. Donald Trump could go down in history as a criminal who became president.
Jail time is unlikely for Trump given that any indictment would have to be for a low-level crime, but a criminal conviction could be another career-ending step and rid the nation of Trump.
Jason is the editor. He is also a member of the White House press pool and a congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduate studies focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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