Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, was indicted on Thursday, March 30, 2023, by a grand jury in New York City. The indictment stems from an investigation into hush money payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels prior to the 2016 presidential election.
Trump is charged with two counts of campaign finance violations, one count of conspiracy to commit campaign finance violations, and one count of making false statements to banks. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.
The indictment alleges that Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen conspired to pay Daniels $130,000 in hush money in order to silence her allegations of an extramarital affair with Trump. The payments were made just days before the 2016 election, and Trump has repeatedly denied the affair.
The indictment also alleges that Trump and Cohen lied to banks about the purpose of the payments in order to obtain loans.
Trump is the first U.S. president to be indicted while in office. He is also the first U.S. president to be indicted for a crime that was not related to his time in office.
The indictment is a major development in the ongoing investigation into Trump’s business dealings. It is also a major setback for Trump, who has been trying to portray himself as the victim of a witch hunt.
The indictment is likely to have a significant impact on the 2024 presidential election. It is possible that Trump could be barred from running for office if he is convicted. The indictment is also likely to energize Trump’s supporters and further divide the country.
The indictment is a historic development that will have far-reaching consequences. It is a major test for American democracy and a sign of the deep divisions that exist in the country.
In a statement, Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani called the indictment “a political witch hunt” and said that Trump would be “vindicated.”
“This is nothing more than a continuation of the witch hunt that has been going on against President Trump for years,” Giuliani said. “The charges are baseless and politically motivated, and President Trump will be vindicated.”
The indictment is the latest development in a long-running investigation into Trump’s business dealings. The investigation was launched in 2018 by then-Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who was seeking Trump’s financial records.
Trump fought the release of his financial records, arguing that they were protected by attorney-client privilege. However, the Supreme Court ruled in July 2020 that Trump could not block the release of the records.
The records have been turned over to the Manhattan district attorney’s office, which is now investigating whether Trump committed any crimes.
The indictment is a major development in the investigation, but it is not clear if it will lead to Trump’s conviction. Trump has denied any wrongdoing, and his lawyers are likely to mount a vigorous defense.