Multiple sources indicate that today Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg will charge former President Donald Trump over reported “hush money” payments to porn star Stormy Daniels.
If District Attorney Bragg indicts Mr. Trump, it will serve as the first time a former President of the United States has ever been criminally charged.
Yesterday Bob Costello, the attorney for Mr. Trump’s former “political fixer” Michael Cohen, testified before the grandy jury in New York.
Mr. Costello contests that Mr. Cohen, who is key to the prosecutions case against Mr. Trump, is serial liar and his testimony cannot be trusted.
According to reports, Mr. Costello was the last person to testify before the grand jury before a potential indictment comes out from the District Attorney’s office.
After a falling out with Mr. Trump, Michael Cohen famously was charged in 2018 of tax evasion and campaign finance issues, was sentenced to three years in federal prison and ordered to pay a $50,000 fine.
Mr. Cohen was also disbarred in 2019
District Attorney Bragg’s case against Mr. Trump is not cut and dry.
Even some on the left, like Democrat Senator Joe Manchin, believe the potential indictment of Mr. Trump appears to be political.
“You have to be very careful. The court system should not be perceived to be involved in the political process.
I think it’d have the reverse effect of what people might be thinking. It just emboldens him. I mean, he’s the type of person that’s sometimes emboldened by more outrageous things.”
Another debate coming out of the potential indictment centers around if the legal issues Mr. Trump appears to be facing will help or hurt his chances of winning the Republican nomination for 2024.
He’s currently embroiled in a head-on attack with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, accusing him “ethics” issues in a 15-page document filed last week in Florida.
For his part, the currently undeclared “candidate” for President, DeSantis, has mostly stayed away from the daily attacks coming from Mr. Trump, though he say down with Fox’s Piers Morgan on Monday to discuss this issue and many others.
That recorded interview is set to air this Thursday on Fox Nation.
Stay tuned to Breaking News Politics for all the latest updates on this developing story.