Former President Donald Trump was indicted by a Manhattan grand jury
on Thursday, March 30, over allegations related to supposed hush money payments to an adult film star
. This makes Trump the first former president of the United States to face a criminal charge
from a local DA.
Joe Tacopina, a lawyer for Trump, and the office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg both confirmed the indictment in separate statements released on Thursday
The full contents of the indictment remain sealed, and the specific charge or charges will likely only be made public after several days or weeks. Bragg's office noted that more guidance would be provided "when the arraignment date is selected." (Related: Glenn Beck: America to turn into BANANA REPUBLIC if Trump is indicted
What is currently known is that one of the main charges levied against the former president stems from an alleged payment Trump made just days before he was elected president in 2016 to adult film performer Stephanie Clifford, who goes by the professional name Stormy Daniels.
Trump's former attorney, Michael Cohen, supposedly arranged a wire transfer of $130,000 to Daniels in exchange for her silence about an alleged affair, which Trump denied. Prosecutors further claimed that, when Trump was president, he reimbursed Cohen with monthly $35,000 checks from his personal account. Prosecutors said the alleged wire transfers and Trump's handling of the reimbursement violated state laws.
Trump to surrender next week, will continue fighting charges
In a statement responding to the indictment, Trump called it a "witch-hunt" that represented the highest level of "political persecution and election interference" in the history of the United States.
He suggested that the move by the George Soros-backed district attorney of Manhattan would "backfire massively on Joe Biden," and said that the movement and party that led him to the White House would "throw every last one of these crooked Democrats out of office so we can Make America Great Again."
Bragg's team has reached out to Trump's legal team to coordinate his surrender. Bragg's office asked Trump to surrender to Manhattan authorities on Friday, March 31, but the former president's team noted that the Secret Service needed additional time to make the necessary security preparations. Trump will likely be fingerprinted and have his mug shot taken
sometime next week.
Trump will also be arraigned, where various dates for case proceedings will be set and he will enter a plea, expected to be not guilty. Trump's attorneys reiterated in their statement that Trump "did not commit any crime" and vowed to "vigorously fight this political prosecution in court."
"Obviously, we're disappointed," said Tacopina. "But we will swiftly and aggressively fight these charges and pursue justice in this case."
"A former president, a current candidate and my friend, President Donald J. Trump, is a victim of a corrupt and distorted version of the American justice system and history," said attorney Alina Habba in a statement, who predicted that her client would prevail in the end. "He will be vindicated."
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