Donald Trump’s 2024 reelection campaign is off and running, after the former President announced his intent to once again run for the White House in the days following the 2022 midterm elections.
And so, unsurprisingly, his detractors are stepping up their attempts to curb his further political ambitions…and by any means necessary.
The latest legal maneuvering by prosecutors in Manhattan seems to suggest that a major escalation in this anti-Trump campaign is about to commence.
Former President Donald Trump was recently offered the chance to appear before a Manhattan grand jury about the hush money scandal with porn star Stormy Daniels — a sign that criminal charges may follow.
Prosecutors with the Manhattan district attorney’s office communicated the offer for Trump to testify next week if he so chooses, a legal source told Fox News. The office, led by DA Alvin Bragg, has been investigating the hush money scandal — which took place in 2016 — for the past five years.
The source cautioned that it did not necessarily guarantee an indictment was coming, or when it may happen. The source explained how potential defendants in New York have the right to testify before the grand jury ahead of such an indictment, but that those defendants rarely do so. This would mark the first time a former American president was criminally indicted.
Trump’s team was perturbed at the development.
Trump attorney Susan Necheles responded to Fox News on Friday: “For five years, the Manhattan district attorney’s office has investigated every facet of former President Trump‘s life. Unable to find criminality in any aspect of his finances, the Manhattan district attorney now threatens to indict former President Trump for payments made to Stormy Daniels seven years ago. For the DA’s office to charge former President Trump, a victim of extortion, with a crime because his then-lawyer, Michael Cohen, a convicted liar, paid the extortionist would be unprecedented and outrageous selective prosecution.”
Of course, it bears mentioning that much of Donald Trump’s life, both political and personal, has been lived under the threat of litigation, and from all manner of enforcement agencies, to no avail.
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