For weeks, New York prosecutors were expected to issue a historic indictment. This comes as Trump gears up for yet another White House run in 2024.
Trump himself recently acknowledged that charges against him may be imminent and called on his supporters to protest.
“The far-reaching leading Republican candidate and former president of the United States will be arrested next Tuesday. Protest and take back our country!”
It’s unclear why Trump claimed this would happen on Tuesday, and a spokesman for the former president later told The New York Times that he doesn’t really know when he will be charged. It justly underscores the weaponization of our fraud system,” the spokesperson added.
The New York charges are expected to center around a $130,000 payment to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. This was allegedly done to keep her from going public in 2016 about Daniels claiming she had a sexual relationship with Trump in 2006. Trump denies the relationship. .
Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty in 2018 to tax evasion, campaign-finance-related crimes, and lying to Congress related to payments. He was sentenced to three years in prison. However, he was released after just over a year due to COVID-19 concerns and was under house arrest for the remainder of the period.
Mr Trump initially denied any knowledge of the payment, but later admitted to refunding Mr Cohen. However, he continues to deny that he ever had sex with Daniels and claims the payment was unrelated to his campaign. Improperly documenting payments may constitute the crime of falsification of business records.
Indictments in New York are just one of several that Mr. Trump could face. In Georgia, he is under investigation for allegedly trying to interfere in his 2020 election results.
He was also investigated at the federal level for his actions in connection with the Jan. 6 riots, calls with Georgia officials who allegedly tried to overturn the results of the 2020 election, and the handling of classified documents. I’m here.
In his Truth Social video on Monday, Trump called the incident “four horrible, radical left-wing, your favorite president, a Democratic investigation into me,” calling it “one of the most disgusting witch-hunts in history.” It’s just a continuation,” he said. He also called his phone conversation with the Georgia Election Commission “absolutely perfect.”
“They’re all sick, they’re fake news,” Trump said.