The former Us president Donald Trump will appear next Tuesday before the Criminal Court in New York, after he was formally charged in the case of buying the silence of a porn star in 2016, in an unprecedented event for a former US president.
Manhattan Attorney General Alvin Bragg, whose office belongs to New York State, formally charged the former president who aspires to return to the White House in the 2024 elections, in the case of paying $130,000 to porn actress Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to buy her silence before the presidential elections in November 2016.
“We expect the indictment to be read on Tuesday,” Trump’s attorney, Susan Nechelis said.
A spokesman for the Public Prosecutor in Manhattan had previously stated that Trump’s lawyer had been contacted to coordinate his surrender… in order for him to appear to read the accusation, after a grand jury upheld his indictment in this criminal case, adding that the indictment is still sealed.
CNN reported about thirty charges related to violations with the aim of concealing the payment of $130,000 and concealing its entry in the accounts in late 2016.
In a statement, the forty-fifth president of the United States denounced political persecution and election interference at the highest level in history.
He vowed that this prosecution will backfire on Joe Biden, the Democrat president whom Trump has been accusing for more than two years of stealing the election from him.
Trump, who was center stage since 2015 in the political system in the United States, resorted to his Truth Social, social network to denounce his opponents and wrote, “They’re pursuing me in a weak and shameful way because they know that I am on the side of the American people and that I cannot get a fair trial in New York”.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Trump’s most prominent competitor for the Republican nomination for the 2024 presidential election, considered the accusation contrary to American values, stressing that his state in which the former president resides would not respond to an extradition request from the state of New York.
Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, also expressed the same support, stressing that the American people won’t tolerate this injustice, and the House of Representatives will hold Alvin Bragg and his unprecedented abuse of power accountable.
Stormy Daniels, who has been cooperating with the judiciary for about six years, wrote in a tweet, “I receive an amount of messages to an extent that I cannot respond to,” while her lawyer, Clark Brewster, declared that “no one is above the law”.
On the Democrat side, Representative Adam Schiff considered that “the indictment and arrest of a former president are unique events in American history”.
The New York judiciary has been seeking for years to determine whether the 76-year-old former Republican president made false statements, which is a minor offense, or violated laws about campaign financing, which is a felony, by paying a sum of money to Stormy Daniels so that she would not expose a relationship she says he had with her in 2006, before winning the November 2016 elections.
Trump will have to turn himself in to a Manhattan courthouse, where a judge will read the charge sheet to him before he is briefly placed in a symbolic under arrest, mugshot and fingerprinted.
He’ll announce whether he pleads guilty or asserts his innocence.
The main witness in the Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen case, who became his sworn enemy, and who paid the amount to Stormy Daniels in 2016 and was later repaid to him.
After serving his prison sentence, Cohen cooperated with the investigation as of the end of 2018 and repeatedly testified before the grand jury.