Donald Trump accused of having bought the silence of a pornographic actress
Former US President Donald Trump
A New York court's grand jury voted to criminally indict Donald Trump for buying the silence of a pornographic actress in 2016, an unprecedented move for a former president. American media report Thursday.
The former tenant of the White House, who dreams of winning it back in 2024, should be formally charged in the coming days by the courts of the State of New York and its attorney in Manhattan, Alvin Bragg, for the payment of US$130,000 to actress and director of pornographic films Stormy Daniels, reports in particular the New York Timesand CNN, citing sources familiar with the matter.
The exact nature of the charges against the former president is not yet known and the act Charges will likely be announced in the coming days, The New York Times reported.
The 76-year-old billionaire responded by calling the charges of political persecution and election interference at the highest level in history.
I'm sure this witch hunt will backfire on [current President] Joe Biden,” he said in a lengthy written statement. The American people know exactly what the radical left Democrats are doing. Everyone can see it. So united and strong, we will first defeat Alvin Bragg, then we will defeat Joe Biden, and we will throw every one of these crooked Democrats out of power so we can MAKE AMERICA GREAT!
Trump lawyer Alina Habba said in a statement that the former president is the victim of a corrupt and distorted version of the justice system and the government. #x27;history of the United States.
No one is above the law, replied the lawyer for the actress at the center of this case. Donald Trump's indictment is no cause for celebration, Clark Brewster tweeted. Now let truth and justice prevail, he added.
Stephanie Clifford , aka Stormy Daniels
After keeping America in suspense for 10 days, Donald Trump's hypothetical criminal indictment still seemed unlikely to happen until the end of April on Thursday.
The press was buzzing with rumors in early March of a possible indictment of the Republican billionaire. He had pulled off a political stunt on March 18 by claiming, without any evidence, on his Truth Social network that he would be arrested and appear in a New York court three days later to be there. charged. But nothing had happened.
The country waited 10 days for this possible indictment, a historic fact against a former US president.
The Washington Post, Politicoand the New York Daily News said again on Wednesday, citing sources familiar with the case, that justice should not rule before April 24. But, according to a lawyer for Mr. Trump, Joe Tacopina, the ex-president could be called to appear in court as early as next week.
Since March 20, a grand jury – a panel of citizens with investigative powers that works alongside prosecutors and votes on indictments – has met only twice and no further calls have been made. #x27;was planned.
For his part, Donald Trump, who denies any crime and any connection with Stormy Daniels, had estimated Sunday and Monday that the investigation was dead and constituted a scam and election interference orchestrated by thugs before the 2024 presidential election.
For years, justice has sought to determine whether the former Republican president was guilty of misrepresentation, a minor offense, or breach of campaign finance laws, a criminal offense, by having paid money to porn actress Stormy Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, just before her November 2016 presidential victory.
In which aim? For her to keep quiet about a supposed extramarital affair that occurred 10 years earlier.
Accused by Mr. Trump of being an animal and a racist and by Republicans of being an animal and a racist. x27;having a political motive, Prosecutor Bragg, an elected African-American Democrat, replied that the billionaire had created a false media expectation on his indictment and denounced interference in the investigation.
With the information by Agence France-Presse, CNN, Associated Press, The New York Times, and Reuters