Former President Trump said Thursday that “you can’t get a fair trial in New York,” afterward Accused By a grand jury after a years-long investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
A Manhattan grand jury has issued an unprecedented indictment of a former president of the United States and a leading Republican presidential candidate for the 2024 term.
“They have made this false, corrupt and disgraceful charge against me only because I stand with the American people, and they know I cannot get a fair trial in New York!” trump Posted on his TRUTH Social website Thursday night.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg had been investigating Trump regarding hush money payments made prior to the 2016 presidential election.
Those payments include $130,000 paid to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, and $150,000 paid to the former Playboy model. Karen McDougalFox News Digital, I learned.
bribe payments It was disclosed and passed on to both McDougal and Daniels by Fox News in 2018. These payments have been investigated by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the Federal Election Commission.
Federal prosecutors in 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.
“This evening we contacted Mr. Trump’s attorney to coordinate his delivery to the Manhattan DA office,” a spokesperson for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said in a statement Thursday. “Guidance will be provided when a date is set for the subpoena.”
Trump criticized Bragg for his “obsession” with trying to “get Trump”, after news of the indictment broke, while warning that the move to charge a former president of the United States would “counterproductive”.
“This is political persecution and election interference on the highest level in history,” Trump said in a statement. “Ever since I descended the golden escalator in Trump Tower, and even before I was sworn in as President of the United States, the radical left-wing Democrats—the enemy of the hardworking men and women of this country—have been engaged in a witch-hunt to destroy the Make America Great Again movement.”
“Democrats have lied, cheated and stolen in their obsession with trying to ‘get Trump’, but now they have done the unthinkable – indicting a completely innocent person in an act of egregious election interference,” he said. “Never before in the history of our nation has this happened.”
Trump said Democrats are guilty of “weaponizing our judicial system to punish a political opponent.”
“I think this witch hunt is going to backfire on Joe Biden,” Trump said. “The American people know exactly what the Democratic radical left is doing here. Everyone can see it.”
The investigation into Trump was opened in 2019 by then-Manhattan Attorney General Cyrus Vance. The investigation focused on possible bank, insurance and tax fraud. The case initially involved financial transactions of Trump’s Manhattan properties, including his flagship Fifth Avenue building, Trump Tower, and the valuation of his 213-acre estate, Seven Springs in Westchester.
The investigation last year led to tax fraud charges against the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg.
Meanwhile, the charges against Trump come amid a separate and special counsel investigation into his alleged keeping of secret records from his presidency at his Mar-a-Lago home.
This past August, the FBI, in an unprecedented move, raided 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.
Attorney General Merrick Garland subsequently appointed Jack Smith as special counsel to lead this investigation, and 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 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 charges against Trump also come as New York Attorney General Letitia James continues her years-long civil investigation into the Trump Organization to see if Trump and his company improperly overstated assets in financial statements in order to obtain loans and tax benefits.