Former President Donald Trump has been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury, marking a historic moment as the first criminal indictment against a former US president.
While the precise charges are not yet known, the investigation is reportedly focused on Trump’s alleged hush-money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels.
Supporters of the former president warn that an indictment could backfire on his critics, further boosting his popularity and guaranteeing his nomination for the Republican presidential ticket in 2024. Critics of Trump have welcomed the news and see it as a sign that no one is above the law.
Despite predicting his own arrest on Tuesday, March 21, former President Donald Trump was not taken into custody.
In a statement posted on the Truth Social platform, Trump encouraged his supporters to “Protest, take our nation back!”
However, a spokesperson for the former president later issued a statement criticizing the “George Soros-funded Radical Left Democrat prosecutor in Manhattan” and clarifying that there was no notification of an arrest.
The scope of Trump’s legal troubles is widening as he faces investigations for alleged election interference in Georgia and the seizure of classified documents by the FBI at his Mar-a-Lago residence. Meanwhile, officials increased security at the Manhattan courthouse last week in preparation for the anticipated indictment.
If convicted, Trump could face a maximum of four years in prison, according to reports.