The charges from an investigation led by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg come as Asset is seeking the Republican nomination to run again in 2024. Trump’s attorneys have confirmed he will travel to face arraignment in New York after impeachment.
Live Updates: Donald Trump’s Indictment
Here is a FAQ on Trump’s indictment:
What is an indictment?
An indictment is an indictment presented to a court that charges one or more people with crimes. It outlines who is charged, what charges they face, and how they allegedly broke the law. Every defendant in the United States is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Prosecutors must prove all elements of a crime to secure a conviction.
Trump’s attorney said he was made aware of the charges and pledged to fight them “promptly and aggressively.”
Who issues an indictment?
In New York, no fewer than 23 citizens known as the grand jury vote on an indictment. Grand jurors are an investigative body that meet in secret to examine evidence and hear testimony from witnesses without the presence of potential defendants. Prosecutors question witnesses, but grand jurors can also ask questions. Grand jurors will indict if they believe prosecutors have presented sufficient evidence.
Is an indicted person arrested?
In some cases, someone can be charged after arrest, especially for murders and other violent crimes. After a charge is made, an accused can either surrender to the authorities or be arrested.
What are the charges against Trump?
Although the specific charges have not been made public, prosecutors believe they have enough evidence to bring a criminal case against Trump. The $130,000 payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, allegedly to keep her quiet about her sexual encounter with Trump, appears to have involved subterfuge. Trump initially denied knowledge of the payment, but former US President Michael Cohen’s lawyer provided US Congress with images of checks signed by Trump, claiming they were refunds for the payment. Cohen also said the payments were falsely labeled legal fees to disguise their true purpose.
What did Trump say about the indictment
Minutes after the indictment was announced on Thursday, Trump issued a lengthy statement calling it the next step in a left-wing campaign “to destroy the Make America Great Again movement.”
“Democrats lied, cheat and stole 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,” the statement said. of Trump.
Trump accused Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg of “doing Joe Biden’s dirty work, ignoring the murders, burglaries and assaults he should be focusing on.”
Alina Habba, Trump’s attorney, said the former president was the victim of “a corrupt and distorted version of the justice system and American history.” He will be justified.
Who is Stormy Daniels
A porn actor who also had bit parts in mainstream films like ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’ and ‘Knocked Up’, Daniels was paid $130,000 to keep quiet about what she says was a dating awkward and unexpected sex with Trump at a celebrity golf outing in Lake Tahoe in 2006. Trump denies having sex with Daniels.
Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, received the money in the final weeks of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign after her rep said she was willing to make official statements to the National Enquirer or on television confirming a sexual encounter with Trump. .
Daniels attempted to capitalize on his newfound notoriety after news of the payment became public, embarking on a nationwide strip club tour in 2018. During a stop in Columbus, Ohio, Daniels was arrested because he was suspected of improperly touching an undercover officer, but the charges were dropped hours later.
His former attorney, Michael Avenatti, is serving 11 years in prison for extortion and fraud, including a conviction for stealing $297,000 worth of proceeds from Daniels’ 2018 book, “Full Disclosure.”
Will Trump be handcuffed and paraded in front of the cameras?
The former 45th president, who is the first ex-president to be indicted, will undergo standard booking procedures including fingerprints and photo ID when he appears in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan to face charges, according to court officials. However, he is unlikely to be handcuffed or subjected to a media frenzy known as the “perp walk”. Instead, he will likely be released on his own recognizance and accompanied by his Secret Service detail. His attorney, Joe Tacopina, said his client will surrender to authorities and will likely be arrested as early as Tuesday. Tacopina added that they were disappointed with the charges but would fight them aggressively to get justice in the case.
Will Trump be imprisoned? Can he run for office while he is under indictment?
It will ultimately be up to the state court judge handling Trump’s case to decide whether to detain him or restrict his movement while the case is pending. It is legal for him to continue campaigning while facing criminal charges, and even if he has been imprisoned. However, if he were to win the presidency while facing charges or conviction, there are constitutional questions about whether a state court could bar him from serving in federal office.
How will the indictment affect other ongoing investigations into Trump?
The indictment in Manhattan is unlikely to have a significant impact on other investigations into Trump. There are several ongoing investigations that pose a risk of further criminal charges for Trump, including a grand jury investigation in Fulton County, Georgia, into his efforts to nullify the election results in that state, and two federal investigations led by Special Counsel Jack Smith. If a federal criminal case against Trump were filed, it would take precedence over all local cases. Although concurrent criminal proceedings can cause logistical problems, federal and local prosecutors generally work to resolve any conflicts.
How long will it take for Trump to stand trial?
It will likely take several months to begin a trial for a former US president, although both sides were keen to proceed quickly. Legal and constitutional issues are expected to be addressed, which could stretch into the 2024 primary season. Trump’s tendency to delay court proceedings could prolong the process even further. Trump’s attorneys could file pretrial motions, such as sending the case to federal court or seeking the dismissal or reduction of charges. The criminal tax case filed against the Trump Organization in the same court in 2021 took about 15 months to come to trial, and the focus on Trump personally in the new case is likely to cause further delays.
-With contributions from agencies