Donald Trump accused of falsifying records to conceal crimes regarding Stormy Daniels hush money

The details of the charges he will face have not yet been released.

A grand jury voted to indict him on criminal charges, after investigating a $130,000 pay-out to Stormy Daniels in an attempt to buy her silence over an alleged affair. He denies wrongdoing.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is now expected to inform Mr Trump and his lawyers about the indictment. The ex-president lives in Florida and is expected to travel to New York City for his formal arrest and first hearing in court.

In a statement, Mr Trump lashed out at Mr Bragg, calling him a “disgrace”, and accusing him of “doing Joe Biden’s dirty work”.

“The Democrats have lied, cheated and stolen 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,” he said. (1)

He faces the prospect of having his fingerprints recorded and his mugshot taken, like all defendants in criminal cases.

He is also being investigated in several other cases.

The other investigations include probes into his role in the US Capitol riot of January 2021, his efforts to overturn his loss in the state of Georgia in the 2020 election, and his handling of classified documents after leaving office.

(1) “completely innocent person” … :rofl:

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Summary

  1. Donald Trump will be charged with a crime over an alleged hush money payment to former porn star Stormy Daniels
  2. Daniels claims she had an adulterous affair with Trump, and was paid to keep quiet
  3. The payment itself was legal - but Trump allegedly recorded it as a business expense. Falsifying business records is illegal in New York

Key terms explained

This is a complicated story with a lot of legal jargon. Here’s a quick explanation of some terms you’ll see a lot.

Indictment – A formal written accusation that a person has committed a crime. It typically involves felony charges, though not always. In Trump’s case, it does. The indictment is used to inform an accused person about the charges against them. Unlike regular charges brought forth by a prosecutor, an indictment is the result of a grand jury proceeding.

Grand jury – A group of citizens that hear evidence from a prosecutor ahead of a trial. Witnesses may be called to testify in front of them and evidence is shown. The grand jury listens and then votes in secret about whether they believe there is enough evidence to charge the person with a crime. A separate criminal trial with another jury awaits the indicted.

Hush money – Hush money is money paid to someone in exchange for them keeping information secret, also known as a bribe. In this case, the hush money was allegedly paid to ex-film star Stormy Daniels by the former president. Hush money payments aren’t illegal but prosecutors are trying to prove that Trump falsified business records to pay them, which constitutes as a misdemeanour in New York. Prosecutors are also assessing whether or not Trump violated campaign finance laws, as the payments were made just before the 2016 presidential election, which would be a class E felony.

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The Republicans are, inevitably, up in arms:

Kevin McCarthy has just released a blistering statement indicating he will go after New York prosecutor Alvin Bragg using the power of Congress.

The Republican Speaker of the House writes on Twitter: "Alvin Bragg has irreparably damaged our country in an attempt to interfere in our presidential election.

"As he routinely frees violent criminals to terrorise the public, he weaponised our sacred system of justice against President Donald Trump.

“The American people will not tolerate this injustice, and the House of Representatives will hold Alvin Bragg and his unprecedented abuse of power to account.” (1)

(1) Trump’s pot calls the kettle black … :roll_eyes:

It’s a gamble for the Democrats.It might put people off him or encourage his supporters even more.
If the GOP do actually drop him,they’ve got DeSantis as replacement,and he doesn’t look much better. :grinning:.

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It sounds as if he’s guilty as hell, but like Johnson genuinely thinks he’s innocent and above the laws made for peasants

If all the things he’s done, disappointing this is the one he’s getting done for really

His fanatical supporters will stick with him of course, dumb is dumb

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He had it comin’
He had it comin’
He only has himself to blame

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Didn’t the last attempt to take Trump to court get thrown out…
Somebody wants him out and will stop at nothing to try and shut him up…
Same as they did with Boris.
Lets find something to discredit them, no matter how small or ridiculous, just get the media on your side and convince Joe Public, because they will believe anything we put out …Job done!

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Trump is always in court:

Personal and business legal affairs of Donald Trump - Wikipedia.

According to a 2016 USA Today analysis, Donald Trump and his businesses were involved in 3,500 legal cases in U.S. federal and state courts during the previous three decades, an unprecedented number for a U.S. presidential candidate. Of the 3,500 suits, Trump or one of his companies were plaintiffs in 1,900; defendants in 1,450; and bankruptcy, third party, or other in 150.

Most recently:

On December 6, 2022, Trump’s company The Trump Organization was convicted on 17 criminal charges.

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I’m not sure this is small or ridiculous, though?

It’s certainly a clear indicator of his lack of moral principles

But I’d rather see him go down for inciting riot and violence when he lost the election

An evil man, I hope he’s found guilty

But money and power talk in the US justice system and I expect he’ll slime out of it, assisted by his cronies

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I agree

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What is a New York Class E Felony? - Julie Rendelman.

A Class E felony charge is considered more serious than a misdemeanor charge, and as such carries a potentially longer jail sentence. While a Class A misdemeanor in New York carries a sentence of up to 364 days, a Class E felony can result in a sentence of between one year and five years.

:thinking:

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Latest:

  • Prosecutors in New York are preparing for Donald Trump’s surrender to court officials, after he became the first US president to be charged with a crime
  • Trump’s lawyer says the former president will not be handcuffed for his court appearance next Tuesday
  • Joe Tacopina also says Trump will plead not guilty to the charges and they will “aggressively” challenge the “legal viability” of the case
  • A court spokesman tells the BBC’s US partner CBS News the hearing has been set for 14:15 local time (18:15 GMT) on Tuesday

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Ha! I have no doubt that Trump will “aggressively challenge” this charge - everything he does and says is “aggressive”

I just wish the the charges had been a bit more substantial than what boils down to “cooking the books” - I’m sure he has done much worse things which they haven’t enough evidence to charge him with.

In my opinion, he has been a liar, a hustler and a grifter all his life.
I can’t even bear to look at him or listen to him speak - he disgusts me - why anyone voted for him in the primaries or presidential election in the first place is a mystery to me.

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He has some supporters on the forum perhaps they will be able to enlighten us.

There are more cases outstanding, including:

A guide to Donald Trump's four criminal cases - BBC News

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What’s being investigated?

The Department of Justice is looking into the removal of government documents from the White House, which were then taken to Mr Trump’s Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, after he left office. Investigators are assessing how these documents were stored and who may have had access to them.

The former president’s sprawling beachside property was searched in August and 11,000 documents were seized, including around 100 marked as classified. Some of these were labelled top secret.

Unsurprisingly, we know very little about what’s in the documents at this stage. But classified material usually contains information that officials feel could damage national security if made public.

This is an active criminal investigation and could result in charges being filed.

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What’s being investigated?

Mr Trump’s alleged role in the attack on the US Capitol on 6 January 2021, when a mob of his supporters stormed the building in an effort to stop the confirmation of President Joe Biden’s election victory, is under scrutiny from several federal government bodies.

The most visible has been a congressional committee that spent 18 months looking into Mr Trump’s actions. They held a series of televised hearings laying out their case that his election fraud claims led directly to the riot.

Following these hearings, the committee accused Mr Trump of inciting insurrection and other crimes.

The justice department is running a separate criminal probe into 6 January and broader efforts to overturn the election - but this has largely been shrouded in secrecy. It’s the largest police investigation in US history, but the extent to which Mr Trump is a target is unclear.

The justice department’s criminal probe has already led to hundreds of people who stormed the Capitol being charged.

The former president has not been called for questioning in that inquiry, but it remains a possibility. He could also - in theory - be charged if investigators believe there is sufficient evidence of wrongdoing.

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What’s being investigated?

Prosecutors spent eight months looking into alleged attempts to overturn Mr Trump’s narrow loss in the state in the 2020 presidential election.

The criminal investigation was opened after the disclosure of an hour-long phone call between the former president and the state’s top election official on 2 January 2021.

“I just want to find 11,780 votes,” Mr Trump said during the call to Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger - a reference to the number of ballots needed to give him victory in the swing state.

A grand jury investigating the case was dissolved earlier this year after filing a final report, which remains sealed.

The 26-member grand jury did not have indictment powers but may have recommended charges. Among the potential crimes it looked into were the solicitation of election fraud, making false statements to government officials, and racketeering.

It is not known whether the former president is being directly investigated, but some of his allies are known to be part of the inquiry.

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Yes, I’m aware of all the investigations - I just wish they could get some more of these allegations to stick and put Trump out of the political picture for good.

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i understand there were many democrats with misgivings about charging Trump for this or for the corporate fraud he looks to have committed. They worried it would be rebuffed and allow Trump to, once again, paint himself as a victim. However John Stewart nicely summed it up: “so, we do not prosecute people who do wrong because they are rich, famous and influential?”

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The democrats have tried every trick in the book to put Trump out of the running for the next election. No other president in history has had to put up with such a tirade of attempts at taking the bloke to court, which are obviously political and make a mockery of American law. Even if you don’t like Trump I’m surprised that you can’t see what is happening here. Even if I didn’t think Trump was a suitable candidate for potus, I would vote for him because of the devious antics of the Democrats.

I don’t believe Trump or his supporters had anything to do with the attack on the US capitol, they were involved in a peaceful legal protest when a group alleged to be Trump supporters, and were probably hired by the democrats to promote trouble and violence. The leaders of the violence have since been proved to be agitators. You can’t actually believe that sleepy Joe Biden won the election without fixing the result. It was several weeks before the results in one state were even declared…

And we should not prosecute people just because they are rich and famous and don’t represent the same political party as them. This is obviously political.

There were many discrepancies concerning the voting in 2020.

Also, postal voting was rolled out across the states…Trump was against it because it encourages voting fraud…Just like here…but probably worse. This is why Trump lost the last election…

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What a load of baloney - Trump was a crooked businessman long before he ever got involved in politics.
Even before Trump stood as a candidate for the Presidency, he had been involved in more law suits than I’ve had hot dinners.
A leopard doesn’t change its spots - he’s been a liar, a bully and a hustler all his adult life.

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