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- Donald Trump has been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury.
- The Manhattan DA’s investigation was said to have centered on a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels.
- Trump is the first former president to be criminally charged.
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Donald Trump is the first former president to ever be criminally charged in US history.
A Manhattan grand jury has indicted Trump, his attorney, Joe Tacopina, confirmed to Insider.
His indictment will likely interfere with his third bid for president in the upcoming 2024 election.
The indictment comes after a years-long investigation by the Manhattan district attorney’s office into Trump’s business dealings and whether he violated New York state laws when his lawyer paid $130,000 to Stormy Daniels.
Daniels says she and Trump had an affair in the 2000s, and that he and his lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid her to keep quiet during the 2016 election campaign. Cohen took a plea deal with prosecutors and has said that Trump approved of the payment.
Trump has denied that there was ever an affair and said he has done “absolutely nothing wrong,” calling the probe politically motivated.
Adult film star Stormy Daniels met with New York prosecutors last Wednesday over their probe into former President Donald Trump’s hush money payment to her in 2016, her lawyer, Clark Brewster, said.
Brewster said Daniels “responded to questions and has agreed to make herself available as a witness, or for further inquiry if needed.”
—Stormy Daniels (@StormyDaniels) March 15, 2023
Daniels said she had an affair with Trump in the mid-2000s and that he and former Trump lawyer Micahel Cohen paid her in exchange for her silence during Trump’s first presidential campaign.