By Staff writer
Donald Trump has become the first American president in history to face criminal charges.
The New York Times reported on Thursday that Trump will face charges related to a hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels during his 2016 presidential campaign.
Under American law, a decision whether or not to prosecute is taken by a Grand Jury, in this case in Manhattan.
Trump responded on his social media site Truth Social by calling the events “nuclear”. He told people to “drop down and pray”.
Not only is Trump, who served from 2017 until 2021, a past president – he is the frontrunner to be the Republican Party candidate in next year’s election.
The criminal indictment will be announced in the coming days when Trump will have to surrender, and be fingerprinted, photographed and cuffed.
The investigation into the hush-money payments to Daniels has taken nearly five years.
Weeks before the 2016 election Trump’s then lawyer Michael Cohen paid Daniels $130,000 to prevent her from disclosing that she had had an affair with Trump ten years earlier.
This would have affected his chances in the election and Cohen was jailed for breaking election laws.
The news is likely to lead to fury among Trump’s rightwing supporters. Trump has called the Manhattan District Attorney, Alvin Bragg, a black man, “an animal” and “scum”.
The charges that Trump will face are regarded as the least serious of the various investigations into him for obstruction of justice, election interference, stealing government documents and fomenting an insurrection to prevent a peaceful handover of power to his successor Joe Biden.
It took a long time to get here, but now the rodeo is only just getting started.
Pictured above: Donald Trump