Manhattan Grand Jury Indicts Donald Trump
Summary from AllSides News Team
A Manhattan grand jury has voted to indict Donald Trump on charges related to hush money payments, the former president’s lawyer confirmed Thursday evening. Trump will become the first former U.S. president to face criminal charges, and is expected to surrender on Tuesday.
The Details: Little is known about the specific charges because they are still sealed. Except for Trump’s lawyer, sources who confirmed the charges to news media generally did so on condition of anonymity. The grand jury was investigating a $130,000 hush money payment to silence claims of a sexual encounter with porn actress Stormy Daniels. Multiple sources also reported Thursday that the grand jury was also looking into a $150,000 payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claimed to have had an affair with Trump.
How the Media Covered It: Coverage was prominently featured in major outlets across the spectrum. Coverage from the left tended to portray the news as particularly significant. The New York Times (Lean Left bias), the first outlet to break the story, called it “a historic development” and published a live news update detailing that Trump “will be fingerprinted” and “may even be handcuffed.”
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From the CenterTrump criminally charged in New York, a first for a US ex-president
Donald Trump has been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury after a probe into hush money paid to porn star Stormy Daniels, becoming the first former U.S. president to face criminal charges even as he makes another run for the White House.
The charges, arising from an investigation led by Democratic Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, could reshape the 2024 presidential race. Trump previously said he would continue campaigning for the Republican Party's nomination if charged with a crime.
In a statement, Trump said he was "completely innocent."
From the RightTrump indicted after Manhattan DA probe for hush money payments
Former President Donald Trump has been indicted as part of the Manhattan District Attorney's Office's years-long investigation, possibly for hush money payments.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has been investigating Trump for hush money payments made leading up to the 2016 presidential election.
These include the $130,000 payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, and the $150,000 payment made to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, Fox News Digital has learned.
Hush money payments made to both McDougal and Daniels were revealed and reported by Fox News in 2018. Those payments had been investigated by...
From the LeftDonald Trump Is Indicted in New York
Donald J. Trump was indicted in Manhattan on Thursday for his role in paying hush money to a porn star, according to five people with knowledge of the matter, a historic development that will shake up the 2024 presidential race and forever mark him as the nation’s first former president to face criminal charges.
In the coming days, prosecutors working for the district attorney, Alvin L. Bragg, will likely ask Mr. Trump to surrender and to face arraignment. The specific charges will be announced when he is arraigned.