Manhattan Grand Jury Votes To Indict Trump

Grand Jury Indicts Trump
Former President Donald Trump | Image by Evan El-Amin/Shutterstock

Donald Trump was indicted by a New York grand jury Thursday, becoming the first former president to face criminal charges.

The grand jury vote, reported by The New York Times, followed investigation of allegations that Trump paid “hush money” to pornographic actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential campaign. The charges contained in the indictment are not immediately clear.

Trump is currently running for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

Last weekend, Trump predicted he would be arrested that Tuesday, March 21.


Anticipating Trump’s possible arrest, New York City placed steel barricades outside the Manhattan criminal court Monday, March 20, CBS News reported.

The possible indictment of Trump set off supporters and detractors. Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy said he would ask New York prosecutor Alvin Bragg to explain his “outrageous abuse of power” before Congress.

“I’m directing relevant committees to immediately investigate if federal funds are being used to subvert our democracy by interfering in elections with politically motivated prosecutions,” McCarthy wrote on Twitter.

The third-ranking Republican in the house, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, called the actions “disgraceful” in a statement to the Albany Times-Union.

“This is unAmerican and the radical left has reached a dangerous new low of third world countries,” said Stefanik. “Knowing they cannot beat President Trump at the ballot box, the radical left will now follow the lead of socialist dictators and reportedly arrest President Trump.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a potential Trump rival for the Republican nomination, criticized the seven-year investigation but ribbed the former president in his remarks.

“I don’t know what goes into paying hush money to a porn star to secure silence over some kind of alleged affair. I can’t speak to that,” DeSantis said on March 20 in Panama City, as The Miami Herald reported.

“What I can speak to is that if you have a prosecutor who is ignoring crimes happening every single day in his jurisdiction and he chooses to go back many, many years ago to try to use something about porn star hush money payments, that’s an example of pursuing a political agenda and weaponizing the office. And I think that’s fundamentally wrong,” DeSantis added.

Some political opponents rebuked McCarthy’s suggestions.

U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) accused the speaker of partisanship in defending Trump.

“Do you even know what the charges are? Have you seen any of the grand jury evidence? No,” Lieu wrote in a tweet directed to McCarthy. “You are being a craven, partisan politician who doesn’t respect the rule of law. In America, no one is above the law, including the person to whom you bend your knee.”

“I would hope that if they brought charges that they have a strong case, because this is, as you said, it’s unprecedented. And, you know, there’s certainly, you know, risks involved here,” U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) said on CNN’s State of the Union.

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, who served a three-year prison sentence for tax evasion, making false statements to a bank, and campaign finance violations, was a key witness against Trump. He claimed to the grand jury that he paid Daniels $130,000, at Trump’s direction, to keep a sexual relationship secret.

“My position is that, at the end of the day, Donald Trump needs to be held accountable for his dirty deeds, if in fact that’s the way that the facts play out,” Cohen said after his grand jury testimony.

Bragg sent a memo to his staff following Trump’s prediction of his imminent indictment. In it, Bragg said his office would not tolerate threats or intimidation tactics, NBC News reported.

“Please know that your safety is our top priority. We do not tolerate attempts to intimidate our office or threaten the rule of law in New York. Our law enforcement partners will ensure that any specific or credible threats against the office will be fully investigated and that the proper safeguards are in place, so all 1,600 of us have a secure work environment,” Bragg wrote.

An official announcement of the indictment is expected in the coming days.

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  1. RSW

    And the Liberal Democratic-controlled media companies are now trying to control the 2024 Presidential elections by ensuring that Trump cannot run. Time for Sarah Huckabee Sanders to step up and throw her name in the ring.

    • Janet

      Speaking of Arkansas, I wonder what the Conservative Republican controlled media would say if this was Bill or Hillary Clinton? Should we mention Monica Lewensky?

  2. Bob Donolina

    Wait? What was he arrested for? I only read this newspaper for information and I can’t find anything wrong.

  3. Djea3

    The charges are unclear? The Grand Jury sent them down, they are NOW A MATTER OF PUBLIC RECORD! What is with that?
    meanwhile, the only charge talked of was use of campaign funds to pay an extortion bribe (hush money). And, the person who was paid has sworn under oath no relationship existed.
    Therefore what you have is a payment for extortion, hidden as a payment for a non-disclosure agreement.

    1. If it was “hush money” then it is illegal to pay the money from campaign funds. Therefore Trump and the Attorney could not legally call them campaign expense. Yet, he is being charged with NOT listing them as campaign expense.
    2. The statute of limitation has run on a misdemeanor in every juris and for almost all felonies.
    3. Any first year law student will ask the judge for a ruling of fact and law, “Can extortion money, or hush money be shown as a campaign expense legally (laws cited).
    4. Then they will enter facts from Cohen himself that Daniels and her attorney were threatening to talk in media if unpaid.
    5. Therefore…..there is no charge that will stand UNLESS this DA has a murder or rape charge hidden away, remember that the Statute of limitations has expired for all other prosecution in NY.

    Regardless, unless there is a murder or rape in NY,
    the statutes of limitations have expired a simple filing of jurisdiction and this case is OVER.

    • William Ewardson Danielson

      LOCK HIM UP!

  4. R Reason

    And, the Rangers won!

  5. gypsy

    Seams to many that democrats and rinos want a civil war to break out. They know this is a smear job and all hell will start a spark. I don’t see any way to avoid it.

  6. William McBreen

    Those folks in New York sure like to waste taxpayers money on fever dreams.
    Real crime and criminals? Not so much.

  7. ThisGuyisTom

    I am neither Republican nor Democrat. Both parties are full of corruption.

    However, the real agenda here is part of a PsyOp on the American Public.
    It is “rage clicks”.
    The media and Powers-That-Should-Not-Be want the American Public to be distracted with drama. It is like watching a drama TV show (e.g. Housewives).
    Drama, drama, drama. Rage against the created opposition. A huge “divide” has deliberately been created.
    Get Americans fighting against each other and ignoring the fact that they are being poisoned by corporations, government agencies and media censorship.

    Our government and media have long been hijacked and compromised.
    Other more insidious agendas are currently taking place while the public rage and eat popcorn.


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