Until now, I didn’t know it was possible to feel overjoyed and pee-your-pants terrified at the same time.
A Manhattan grand jury voted to indict Donald J. Trump on Thursday for his role in paying hush money to a porn star, according to four people with knowledge of the matter, a historic development that will shake up the 2024 presidential race and forever mark him as the nation’s first former president to face criminal charges.
The felony indictment, filed under seal by the Manhattan district attorney’s office, will likely be announced in the coming days. By then, prosecutors working for the district attorney, Alvin L. Bragg, will have asked Mr. Trump to surrender and to face arraignment on charges that remain unknown for now.
Mr. Trump has for decades avoided criminal charges despite persistent scrutiny and repeated investigations, creating an aura of legal invincibility that the vote to indict now threatens to puncture. His actions surrounding his 2020 electoral defeat are now the focus of a separate federal investigation, and a Georgia prosecutor is in the final stages of an investigation into Mr. Trump’s attempts to reverse the election results in that state.
Alvin Bragg’s a clever fellow – kept everyone guessing, and since now it appears Weisselberg may have flipped, it explains the timing perfectly.
Donald Trump has become the first former president to be criminally indicted by a grand jury. https://t.co/UtSmvimaN6— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) March 30, 2023