A New York grand jury has decided to indict former President Donald Trump.
“A Manhattan grand jury voted to indict Donald J. Trump on Thursday for his role in paying hush money to a porn star, according to four people with knowledge of the matter, a historic development that will shake up the 2024 presidential race and forever mark him as the nation’s first former president to face criminal charges,” said a New York Times report on Thursday evening.
“The felony indictment, filed under seal by the Manhattan district attorney’s office, will likely be announced in the coming days. By then, prosecutors working for the district attorney, Alvin L. Bragg, will have asked Mr. Trump to surrender and to face arraignment on charges that remain unknown for now,” the report went on to say.
In his reaction to this news, the former president criticized the decision, describing it as “Political Persecution and Election Interference at the highest level in history.”
Trump also said:
From the time I came down the golden escalator at Trump Tower, and even before I was sworn in as your President of the United States, the Radical Left Democrats – the enemy of the hard-working men and women of this Country – have been engaged in a Witch-Hunt to destroy the Make America Great Again movement,” Trump said in a statement responding to the news he has been indicted. “You remember it just like I do: Russia, Russia, Russia; the Mueller Hoax; Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine; Impeachment Hoax 1; Impeachment Hoax 2; the illegal and unconstitutional Mar-a-Lago raid; and now this. The Democrats have lied, cheated and stolen in their obsession with trying to ‘Get Trump,’ but now they’ve done the unthinkable – indicting a completely innocent person in an act of blatant Election Interference. Never before in our Nation’s history has this been done. The Democrats have cheated countless times over the decades, including spying on my campaign, but weaponizing our justice system to punish a political opponent, who just so happens to be a President of the United States and by far the leading Republican candidate for President, has never happened before. Ever. Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg, who was hand-picked and funded by George Soros, is a disgrace. Rather than stopping the unprecedented crime wave taking over New York City, he’s doing Joe Biden’s dirty work, ignoring the murders and burglaries and assaults he should be focused on. This is how Bragg spends his time!
Trump went on to say that he expects this would “backfire” on Democratic President Joe Biden, whom he hopes to beat in the general election next year.
“I believe this Witch-Hunt will backfire massively on Joe Biden,” he said. “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!”
On Thursday evening, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's office issued a statement confirming that Trump had been indicted, that the indictment was sealed for the time being, and that the District Attorney's office had spoken with Trump's lawyers about having the former president surrender for arraignment.
For the time being, it is unknown how or if Trump will appear in New York to face the accusations, although many recent reports have indicated that U.S. Secret Service officers assigned to Trump's entourage have been coordinating with local authorities in Bragg's office to prepare for such an event.
Trump is the first former president in American history to be charged with a crime. It is unknown how many charges he faces and what those allegations are, while CNN reports that the former president faces up to 30 distinct counts, citing unidentified sources.
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