Former US President Donald Trump has been indicted with 34 criminal counts of falsifying business records and conspiracy related to hush money payments to two women prior to the 2016 presidential election. The indictment was detailed in a New York court, where Trump became the first former president in the country’s history to face criminal charges.
The charges against Trump are in connection to payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal, who received $130,000 and $150,000 respectively, to buy their silence about alleged sexual encounters with Trump. The payments were made to prevent their stories from affecting Trump’s chances of winning against Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
The Manhattan Supreme Court grand jury indicted Trump after hearing testimony for several months about the hush money payments to Stormy Daniels. During the arraignment in Manhattan Supreme Court, a prosecutor stated that Trump’s crimes had undermined the 2016 election.
Hush Money Payments
Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal received hush money payments in 2016 to remain silent about their alleged sexual encounters with Trump. Cohen facilitated the payments at Trump’s direction. Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018 to federal crimes, two of which were campaign finance violations related to the payments made to both women.
Implications of the Indictment
The indictment of a former US president is unprecedented and has significant implications. It signifies that no one is above the law, regardless of their position. The indictment also highlights the importance of transparency and ethical conduct in politics.
Criminal investigations into Trump’s actions related to the 2020 election loss to President Joe Biden are ongoing. The Department of Justice and a state prosecutor in Georgia are both conducting investigations into Trump for possible obstruction of justice and retaining government records after leaving the White House.
Trump’s indictment with 34 criminal counts of falsifying business records and conspiracy related to hush money payments to two women has significant implications. It underscores the importance of ethical conduct in politics and sends a message that no one is above the law, regardless of their position. The investigation into Trump’s actions related to the 2020 election loss to President Biden is ongoing, and it remains to be seen what further actions will be taken.