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Manhattan Grand Jury Votes To Indict Former President Donald Trump

Bridget Mulroy

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Joe Tacopina, attorney to former President Donald Trump, has confirmed that the former President has been indicated. An arrest warrant has not yet been issued. A Manhattan grand jury voted today to bring charges against the former President, which would be the first time in American history.

It's being argued that It’s unclear how the charges against Trump will affect his upcoming Presidential campaign for 2024.

What does it mean to be indicted?

To be indicted is a formal way of accusing a person or party of a crime. An indictment is a part of the criminal prosecution process and an official announcement that a grand jury has enough evidence, or probable cause, to believe someone is guilty of a crime. 

You’re innocent until proven guilty, so an indictment does not mean an immediate jail sentence. A person who is indicted would have to face a judge or a jury to be determined guilty of the crime they're committed of.

Back in 2016, adult entertainment actress Stormy Daniels came forward saying she was paid $130K in 2006 as ‘hush money’ for ‘interactions’ with Former President Trump, which isn’t illegal. What made this illegal was the funds being provided for by Trump’s then-attorney, Michael Cohen, and Trump notating the repayment as ‘legal fees.’ The misappropriation of funds is seen as falsifying business records and is a misdemeanour criminal offence, as well as breaking campaign finance laws.

An indictment indicates that the charges are being brought against Trump by a grand jury instead of a prosecutor, so he has yet to be officially ‘charged.’

When an official warrant for Donald Trump’s arrest will be issued has not yet been disclosed, but that is typically the next phase of the formal criminal prosecution process.

Trump announced his impending arrest on his social media platform two weeks ago. He said, “THE FAR & AWAY LEADING REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE AND FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WILL BE ARRESTED ON TUESDAY OF NEXT WEEK. PROTEST, TAKE OUR NATION BACK!”

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