Donald Trump Goes Down in History: First Former Prez Facing Criminal Prosecution
In a shocking turn of events, Donald Trump has been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury, making him the first former president in US history to face criminal charges. The indictment comes after weeks of anticipation following Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s high-profile investigation into Trump’s hush-money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels.
Trump’s Tawdry Affair with Daniels
The steamy scandal dates back to 2006 and 2007, when Trump allegedly had an affair with Daniels after meeting her at a celebrity golf tournament. In an attempt to keep the scandal under wraps, Trump’s then-lawyer Michael Cohen paid Daniels $130,000 for her silence in October 2016, just before the election. Media reports have suggested that the payment was allegedly made to protect Trump’s presidential campaign but was never disclosed as a campaign contribution. Trump’s legal team has already publicly stated that it was a nuisance payment and was made irrespective of the campaign.
Trump’s Fixer Pays the Price
Cohen used his own money and a shell corporation to make the hush money payment, while Trump is said to have directed the reimbursement of over $400,000 to Cohen through his company, the Trump Organization. The scandal has already landed Cohen with a guilty plea for violating campaign finance laws.
“No One Is Above the Law”
Trump’s indictment is a major test for the American legal system, as it seeks to uphold the principle that nobody, not even a former president, is above the law. While Trump and his supporters claim the charges are politically motivated, the indictment could lead to further criminal charges against the former president, who is currently under investigation in Georgia and by a federal special prosecutor.
The outcome of this historic case will undoubtedly have significant implications for Trump, his legacy, and the future of American politics.