Donald Trump receives news of indictment
Donald Trump — According to two sources, Donald Trump is charged with more than 30 counts of business fraud in a Manhattan grand jury indictment.
The indictment is the first time a current or former president has been charged with a felony in American history.
On Tuesday, Donald Trump is due to appear in court.
The indictment was filed under seal and will be made public shortly, but no charges have been made public.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office was investigating Donald Trump’s probable participation in a hush money payment scheme and cover-up involving adult film star Stormy Daniels.
The infidelity story originally came to light roughly a decade ago, but the hush money charges came to light soon before the 2016 presidential election.
Although grand jury discussions are confidential, a source claims that a witness talked with the grand jury for more than 30 minutes before choosing to indict Trump.
With this judgment, the American political system will definitely shift and reach uncharted terrain.
The fact that a former leader is facing criminal charges while campaigning for president for a second time is making history.
Notwithstanding this, following the indictment, Donald Trump delivered a statement in which he claimed political persecution and high-level election interference.
“I believe this Witch-Hunt will backfire massively on Joe Biden,” said Trump.
“The American people realize exactly what the Radical Left Democrats are doing here. Everyone can see it.”
“So our Movement, and our Party – united and strong – will first defeat Alvin Bragg, and then we will defeat Joe Biden, and we are going to throw every last one of these Crooked Democrats out of office so we can MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
Getting the news
According to one insider, Trump was taken aback by the grand jury’s decision to prosecute him.
Trump predicted an indictment, but he anticipated it would take weeks.
“Is this a shock today? Hell yes,” said the anonymous source.
Meanwhile, Trump’s legal team was called by Bragg’s office.
“This evening, we contacted Mr. Trump’s attorney to coordinate his surrender to the Manhattan DA’s Office for arraignment on a Supreme Court indictment, which remains under seal,” Bragg’s office said on Thursday.
“Guidance will be provided when the arraignment date is selected.”
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The campaign and witch hunt
Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2024 took a fresh turn when he declared his determination to run despite criminal charges.
Trump has regularly referred to his investigations as a “witch hunt.”
He has attempted to convince the people by portraying himself as a victim of Democratic prosecutors’ political probes.
As the indictment date approached, Donald Trump called on his supporters to protest his detention, echoing his call to action in the 2020 election, when he vowed vengeance for his failure.
He has long avoided legal ramifications for his personal, commercial, and political actions, settling countless private civil claims and paying his way out of Trump Organization problems.
He was impeached twice as president by the Democratic-led House but was not acquitted by the Senate.
Notwithstanding his lack of indictment, the Trump Organization was charged with various tax fraud violations in December.
Trump supporters and GOP opponents lobbied the Manhattan district attorney’s office for the 2024 indictment.
“I think the unprecedented indictment of a former president of the United States on a campaign finance issue is an outrage,” said former Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday.
“It appears to millions of Americans to be nothing more than a political prosecution that’s driven by a prosecutor who literally ran for office on a pledge to indict the former president.”
GOP comes to Trump’s defense
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has committed to investigate the matter.
Republicans in Congress, on the other hand, raced to Trump’s defense, attacking Bragg on Twitter and accusing him of leading a political witch hunt.
Jim Jordan, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, criticized the claims and demanded that Bragg testify before Congress about the investigation.
Senator Ted Cruz described the indictment as “totally unprecedented,” alleging that it militarizes the legal system even more.
One Republican, on the other hand, had faith in the legal system.
“I believe in the rule of law,” said Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska.
“I think we have checks and balances and I trust the system.”
“We have a judge. We have jurors. There is appeals. So I think in the end, justice will be done.”
“If he’s guilty, it will show up. But if not, I think that will be shown too.”
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