The New York Grand Jury voted on Thursday to indict the former President
The news that he has been charged with a criminal offense will have a ripple effect throughout the United States. Indictment is made as he is leading candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024. Trump stated in a press release that "This is Political Persecution at the highest level of history." Tacopina, along with another Trump attorney, Susan Nechele said, "President Trump is indicted." Cohen said in a NBC News statement, "For first time in the history of our Country, a president (current or ex-president) has been indicted." Cohen stated, "However I take comfort in the fact that the old adage is true: no one's above the law. Not even a former president." "Today's arrest is just the beginning of the chapter. It is best to let the indictment do the talking now that the charges are filed. Michael Cohen, the former attorney of former U.S. president, arrives at New York Courthouse, New York City in March 2023.
Cohen claimed that the payments were made to boost Trump's chances of winning in the election when he was up against Hillary Clinton, a Democrat. Cohen met with investigators of the Manhattan Criminal Court grand jury 20 times before he testified over two days in Manhattan Criminal Court last week. Stormy Daniels, a star of adult-film Stephanie Clifford (also known as Stormy Daniels), and her lawyer Michael Avenatti, R, speak in Lower Manhattan on April 16, 2018 with their US Federal Court attorney.
Weisselberg was sentenced to five months of jail in January after pleading guilty in the August case. The news is breaking. Updates will be posted.