Former Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has indicted former President Trump for falsifying his business records related to paying hush money to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, in an unprecedented move by the district attorney to charge a former president of the United States. felony.
The charges stem from a $130,000 payment Trump’s then-attorney Michael Cohen paid to adult film star Stormy Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, in the weeks leading up to the 2016 presidential election in exchange for her silence on the alleged allegations. A sexual encounter with Trump in 2006.
Bragg accused Trump of falsifying business records related to hush money payments to Daniels.
The charges come after federal prosecutors in the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York chose not to charge Trump in connection with the Stormy Daniels payment in 2019, even as Cohen implicated him as part of a plea deal.
The Federal Election Commission has also dumped its investigation into the matter in 2021.
While the Manhattan district attorney’s office is the only place Trump has been formally charged, the former president is the target of a number of investigations and other legal battles.
The Special Counsel’s investigation into the classified records at Mar-a-Lago
Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed Jack Smith, a Justice Department official, as special counsel to investigate Trump’s alleged improper retention of classified records from his presidency at his Mar-a-Lago home.
Smith also assumed responsibility for the Justice Department’s investigation into the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot – specifically whether Trump or other officials and entities interfered with the peaceful transfer of power after the 2020 presidential election, including the certification of the Electoral College vote on January 6 2021.
President Biden is also currently under special counsel investigation for allegedly keeping classified records from the Obama administration. Former Vice President Pence also had classified records in his home – a matter under review by the Justice Department.
The appointment of a special counsel in this matter comes after the FBI raided, in August, in an unprecedented move, Trump’s private home in Mar-a-Lago iIn connection with an investigation into classified records the former president allegedly took with him from the White House.
The raid was linked to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), which said earlier this year that Trump It took 15 boxes From presidential records to his personal residence in Florida. These boxes were alleged to contain “classified national security information” and official correspondence between Trump and foreign heads of state.
NARA told Congress in February that the agency had recovered 15 boxes from Mar-a-Lago and “items identified as classified national security information inside the boxes.” The matter has been referred to the Department of Justice by NARA.
Trump said, earlier this year, that the National Archives “did not find” the documents, but they were “given upon request.” Sources close to the former president said he was cooperating and there was “no need” for the raid.
Classified materials said to have been seized by the FBI during Monday’s raid included a letter to Trump from former President Obama, a letter from Kim Jong Un, a birthday dinner menu and cocktail napkins.
A civilian investigation into the Trump Organization
New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, has been investigating Trump since taking office in January 2019. James sued Trump in September alleging he and his company misled banks and others about the value of his assets.
James alleged that Trump and his children, Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric, as well as his associates and corporations, had committed “numerous acts of fraud and misrepresentation” in connection with the financial statements.
James claimed Trump had “inflated his net worth by billions of dollars” and said his children helped him do so.
Over the summer, Trump appeared in downtown New York for his deposit before James. It was James’ office Conduct a civil investigation in the Trump Organization to see if Trump and his company improperly overstated assets in financial statements in order to obtain loans and tax benefits.
“I did nothing wrong, and that is why, after five years of searching, the federal, state and local governments, together with Fake News Media, have found nothing,” Trump said in a statement in August.
“the US Constitution It exists for this very purpose, and I will use it to the fullest extent to defend myself against this virulent attack by this administration, the Attorney General’s office, and all other attacks upon my family, my business, and my country.”
I once asked, ‘If you’re innocent, why do you take out the Fifth Amendment?’ Now I know the answer to this question. “When your family, your company, and all the people in your orbit become baseless, politically motivated targets of a Witch Hunt with the support of lawyers, prosecutors, and Fake News Media, you will have no choice.”
“If there is any question in my mind, break into my house, Mar-a-Lago, on a Monday FBI Just two days before this filing, Trump said, he eliminated any uncertainty. I have absolutely no choice because the current administration and many prosecutors in this country have lost all moral and ethical boundaries of decency.
Trump added, “On the advice of my attorney and for all of the above reasons, I have refused to answer questions within the framework of the rights and privileges afforded to every citizen under the Constitution of the United States.”
When Trump was president, James sued his administration dozens of times, challenging policies on the environment, immigration, education, health care and other issues.
Special Counsel investigation of the January 6, Capitol riot
Special Counsel Jack Smith, who is also investigating Trump’s alleged keeping of classified records at Mar-a-Lago, took over the Justice Department investigation on Jan. 6.
Smith is investigating whether Trump or other officials and entities interfered with the peaceful transition of power after the 2020 presidential election, including the certification of the Electoral College vote on January 6, 2021.
Fulton County, Georgia 2020 election investigation
In Georgia, in early 2021, Fulton County prosecutors opened a criminal investigation in Trump’s alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election in the state, including his phone call Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in which Trump suggested Republicans “find” enough votes to change the results.
Last month a special grand jury released parts of a report detailing its findings in the investigation.
The report noted that the majority of the grand jury believes that one or more witnesses may have committed perjury in their testimony, and recommends that prosecutors pursue indictments against them, if the prosecutor finds the evidence convincing.
Trump campaign spokesman Stephen Cheung told Fox News Digital that the report “doesn’t even mention” Trump’s name and “has nothing to do with the president because President Trump has done absolutely nothing wrong.”
“The president engaged in two exemplary phone calls regarding election integrity in Georgia, which he is entitled to do — in fact, as president, it was President Trump’s constitutional duty to ensure the integrity, security, and integrity of the election,” Cheung said. “Between the two calls, there were several officials and lawyers on the line, including the foreign minister of Georgia, and no one objected, even slightly, or hung up.”
He added, “President Trump will always continue to fight for real and fair elections in America.”
This week, Trump’s legal team submitted a motion on Monday to overturn the special grand jury report. Trump’s lawyers have asked that all evidence from the grand jury be ruled unconstitutional.