Donald Trump’s attorney confirmed on Thursday that the former president had been charged in New York over payments made to bury allegations of an extramarital affair during the 2016 campaign.
It turns into the first-ever criminal case brought against a former president of the United States and shakes up Trump’s bid to win the presidency again in 2024.
The Associated Press was informed by Joe Tacopina, a lawyer for Trump, that a grand jury deliberating for months had decided to indict his client. It took some time before the particular allegations were made public.
According to a person with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to speak publicly about an issue still under seal,
Trump, who has denied any wrongdoing and has assailed the probe, was due to turn himself in to authorities next week.
After years of inquiries into his economic, political, and personal actions, the grand jury’s indictment of 76-year-old Donald Trump is a significant step.
That is expected to inspire fans who believe Trump is being unfairly singled out by a Democratic prosecutor and galvanize detractors who claim the Republican cheated and lied his way to the top.