Bombshell new reporting broke from the New York Times last night, confirming that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has officially sent a signal to scandal-ridden former President Donald Trump’s legal team, indicating that an official indictment against the ex-president is on the horizon and his attorneys should get prepared. The indictment would be in relation to the Manhattan DA’s office’s ongoing investigation into the infamous hush money payments made to adult film star and alleged former Trump affair partner Stormy Daniels, as well as another woman, during the final stages of Donald’s 2016 presidential campaign, in an effort to buy the womens’ silence regarding their alleged sexual history with the then-Republican candidate, so as not to harm his election chances.
Times journalists William K. Rashbaum, Ben Protess, and Jonah E. Bromwich report, “The prosecutors offered Mr. Trump the chance to testify next week before the grand jury that has been hearing evidence in the potential case, the people said. Such offers almost always indicate an indictment is close; it would be unusual for the district attorney, Alvin L. Bragg, to notify a potential defendant without ultimately seeking charges against him. In New York, potential defendants have the right to answer questions in the grand jury before they are indicted, but they rarely testify, and Mr. Trump is likely to decline the offer. His lawyers could also meet privately with the prosecutors in hopes of fending off criminal charges.”
“Any case would mark the first indictment of a former American president, and could upend the 2024 presidential race. It would also elevate Mr. Bragg to the national stage, though not without risk,” the explosive report goes on to add. “Mr. Trump has faced an array of criminal investigations and special counsel inquiries over the years but has never been charged with a crime, underscoring the gravity of Mr. Bragg’s inquiry.”
District Attorney Bragg infamously found himself at the center of extensive backlash when he declined to bring any charges against Donald Trump personally in relation to his office’s case against Donald’s family business, the Trump Organization, which ultimately saw the company being found guilty on 17 charges related to financial fraud, yet only receiving a sickeningly low “fine” that barely amounted to a slap on the wrist for their crimes.
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Bragg’s decision created controversy not only among the American people, who have grown increasingly tired of seeing Donald Trump essentially get away with everything short of murder but within his own office as well, as a few of his own prosecutors pushed back against Bragg’s handling of the matter, with some even resigning in protest of the DA’s apparent reluctance to hold the ex-president legally responsible for his actions.
However, Bragg appears to be setting himself up on the path to redemption, as he opened a criminal investigation into the notorious hush money payments that Trump allegedly personally arranged through his then-personal attorney and self-described “fixer,” Michael Cohen. Bragg is investigating the payments as a potential violation of New York financial laws and the case carries personal implications for Trump.
As it stands, Bragg has not yet formally committed to any indictments against Donald Trump.
“The district attorney’s office has already questioned at least six other people before the grand jury, according to several other people with knowledge of the inquiry,” the Times reports. “Mr. Trump has previously said that the prosecutors are engaged in a ‘witch hunt’ against him that began before he became president, and has called Mr. Bragg, a Democrat who is Black, a politically motivated ‘racist.'”
The hush money investigation comes amid a mountain of additional lawsuits, investigations, and overall legal peril for the ex-president, including the Fulton County DA’s election investigation as well as the DOJ’s ongoing investigations into January 6th, Trump’s attempts to overthrow the 2020 election, and the infamous stolen document scandal, among others.
Read the full report from the New York Times here.
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