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Will Donald Trump Become the First Former U.S. President Ever to Face a Criminal Charge?

Donald J. Trump & Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg

According to the former president Donald J. Trump himself, the Manhattan grand jury is deliberating whether to indict him, a charge led by the Manhattan’s District Attorney Alvin Bragg. The three chairmen of the House Judiciary Committee have called Bragg’s intentions to be “an unprecedented abuse of prosecutorial authority”. Bragg intends to indict Trump over hush-money payments made during his 2016 presidential campaign. If indicted, this would mark the first criminal case against a former U.S. president in American history, potentially creating an unprecedented moment with significant political ramifications.Additionally, it is crucial to note that Donald Trump is seeking the presidency once more in 2024 as a Republican candidate, whereas Mr. Bragg openly identifies as a Democrat.

The grand jury has been investigating Trump’s involvement in a $130,000 payment made in 2016 to porn actress Stormy Daniels, who claimed to have had a sexual encounter with him years earlier. Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, arranged the payment and was subsequently reimbursed by the Trump Organization. Cohen pleaded guilty to violating federal campaign finance law in connection with the payments, but Trump has not been charged.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s team is now examining whether Trump or anyone associated with him committed crimes in New York state in arranging these payments or in how they were accounted for within the Trump Organization.

While a sitting president cannot be indicted under federal law, Trump is no longer in office, and the New York case is a state probe, not a federal one. Therefore, Trump could indeed be indicted.

An indictment of Trump could have significant political ramifications, especially for the already divided Republican Party. Trump is seeking the White House again in 2024, and a criminal case against him could further split the party. Some GOP members may distance themselves from Trump, while others will likely continue to support him. For example, Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of multiple corporations, believes that if the former president, Donald Trump, is indicted, he will secure a victory in the 2024 presidential election. This statement comes in the wake of Trump’s unverified assertion that he will be arrested on Tuesday, which has not been confirmed by any authorities.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing, labeling the Manhattan district attorney’s office probe as politically motivated. Potential Republican rivals for the 2024 presidential nomination have expressed mixed reactions to the possibility of Trump’s indictment. Former Vice President Mike Pence called the idea of indicting a former president “deeply troubling,” while others have criticized the Trump investigation as politically motivated.

The timeline for the grand jury’s decision remains unclear, and there has been no public announcement regarding when the jurors might conclude their work. Regardless of the outcome, a potential indictment of a former U.S. president will undoubtedly create a significant moment in American history and have lasting effects on the nation’s political landscape.

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