A New York grand jury on Thursday, 30th March, 2023, indicted Donald Trump over hush money payments made to a porn star, Stormy Daniels, during his 2016 campaign, making him the first former US president to face criminal charges.
The historic indictment of the 76-year-old Republican, who denies all wrong doing in connection with the payments made ahead of the election that sent him to the White House, is certain to upend the current presidential race in which Trump hopes to regain office.
It will forever mark the legacy of the former leader, who survived two impeachments and kept prosecutors at bay over everything from the US Capitol riot to missing classified files only to land in court over a sex scandal involving Stormy Daniels, a 44-year-old adult movie actress.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office, confirmed that it had contacted Trump’s lawyers on Thursday evening to “coordinate his surrender” in New York with the felony charges against him to be revealed at that point.
Trump slammed the indictment as “political persecution and election interference,” raging against prosecutors and his Democratic opponents and vowing that it would backfire on his successor, President Joe Biden.
Surrendering for arraignment over what CNN has reported could be as many as 30 counts related to business fraud, which would normally involve being fingerprinted, photographed and even handcuffed.
However, prosecutors argued the checks were not properly registered and the jury was asked to consider if there had been a cover-up, intended to benefit Trump’s campaign by burying the scandal.
The New York investigation is the first to reach a decision on charges out of three major probes into the former president as Trump’s lawyer Susan Necheles, says she expects he will be arraigned on Tuesday, 4th April, 2023.
Story: Christy Dung