Trump Is the First Former President to Be Criminally Indicted

A grand jury in Manhattan has decided to charge Donald Trump with crimes related to payments he made during the 2016 presidential campaign to stop people from talking about a sexual encounter outside of his marriage. Trump’s plans to run for president again in 2024 have been dealt a serious setback by the unprecedented criminal charges he faces.

The indictment, which was confirmed Thursday by Trump’s lawyer Joe Tacopina and other people who know about the case but are not allowed to talk about sealed criminal charges, is a shocking turn of events after years of investigations into his business, political, and personal dealings. It is likely to make people angrier who think Trump lied and cheated his way to the top and give people more confidence who think a Democratic prosecutor is unfairly going after the Republican.

Trump has denied doing anything wrong and has repeatedly said that the investigation is being done for political reasons. A person familiar with the situation who was not allowed to talk about a sealed matter said that Trump was expected to turn himself into the authorities next week.

In bringing the charges, Manhattan’s district attorney, Alvin Bragg, is taking on a strange case that had already been looked into by two sets of prosecutors, neither of whom wanted to take the politically dangerous step of trying to get Trump indicted.

Trump railed on social media in the weeks before he was indicted, urging his supporters to protest on his behalf. This led to more security around the criminal courthouse in Manhattan.

Trump could be in trouble with the law in other ways as he tries to regain control of the Republican Party and stop a number of former allies from running against him for the presidential nomination.

The district attorney in Atlanta has been looking into Trump and his allies’ plans to mess with the 2020 vote count in Georgia for two years. The U.S. special counsel from the Justice Department is looking into how Trump kept classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida and how he tried to change the results of the election.