Manhattan prosecutors signal to Trump attorneys that he may be criminally charged, reports NYT

A report in the New York Times said the Manhattan district attorney’s office had signaled on Thursday that criminal charges against former President Donald Trump were likely.

The possible charges are related to $130,000 of hush money paid to Stormy Daniels, an adult film actress who claimed she had an extramarital affair with Trump before he became president. The money was paid by Michael Cohen, who worked as Trump’s attorney at the time, in the last days of the 2016 presidential election. Cohen has since turned on his former employer and often excoriates him in the media.

The report said that District Attorney Alvin Bragg offered to allow Trump to appear before a grand jury, a move often made before indictments are issued.

If Trump were to face criminal charges, it would be the first time in U.S. history that a former president was indicted.

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The former president is also under investigation by the Fulton County district attorney in Georgia over claims that he tried to interfere with the 2020 presidential election. He is also being probed by a special counsel, which is investigating election interference as well as the classified documents seized from Trump’s possession.

Daniels’ lawsuit against Trump took a bizarre turn after her attorney, Michael Avenatti, was arrested and convicted for stealing money from clients and trying to extort money from the Nike shoe company. The adult film actress accused him of stealing money from her and filing lawsuits at her behest but without her knowledge.

If Trump were to be convicted of the possible charge, he would face a maximum sentence of four years in prison.

Here’s more about the possible charges against Trump:

Michael Cohen meets Manhattan’s DA over Trump’s alleged hush money

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