As If Things Couldn’t Get Worse For The Former Guy, NYT Reports Manhattan Grand Jury Is Set To Begin Hearing Evidence Against Trump In Stormy Daniels Hush Money Case

Boy, he's so screwed.

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As if life wasn’t already falling apart for the disgraced, scandal-ridden, one-term, twice-impeached former president, the New York Times broke reporting this week, confirming that the Manhattan District Attorney’s office will soon begin to present their evidence against the corrupt ex-president to a grand jury, in the case of the infamous hush money payments made to former adult film star Stormy Daniels, by Donald Trump and his 2016 presidential campaign, in an effort to keep Daniels quiet about her alleged affair with the former New York real estate “mogul” turned disgraced ex-president.

These are, of course, the very same notorious hush money payments that landed Trump’s former personal attorney and self-described “fixer” Michael Cohen a hefty prison sentence, after he pleaded guilty to eight different counts in relation to the payments made to Daniels, totaling $130,000, just ahead of the 2016 presidential election. Cohen was charged with campaign finance crimes in connection to Trump’s campaign for failing to disclose the money that was considered a campaign contribution.

Now, as the Times reports, a grand jury was recently empaneled in Manhattan, where jurors will begin to hear evidence against the former president in the Daniels hush money case, and witness testimonies are likely soon to begin. NYT points out that this seems to be a clear signal that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg may soon lodge charges against the ex-president himself, in relation to the corrupt hush money payments.

We have recently learned that federal prosecutors actually discussed the notion of bringing charges against Donald Trump during his time in office, but ultimately determined that Trump would likely be charged for his role in the deadly January 6th Capitol riot, or some other more serious crime he’s committed, and there were guidelines from the US Department of Justice that prevented him from being charged with his crimes while still serving as a sitting United States president.

Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen reportedly sat for a meeting with Manhattan prosecutors in the case earlier this month, serving as the first meeting between prosecutors and the former “fixer” in over a year.

Read the full report from the New York Times here.

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