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A grand jury in Manhattan has voted to indict Donald Trump, according to a CNN report.
It is the first time in American history that a current or former president will face criminal charges.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office has been investigating the former president in connection with his alleged role in a hush money payment scheme and cover-up involving adult film star Stormy Daniels that dates to the 2016 presidential election.
The US has never seen one of its ex-leaders confronted with criminal charges, especially while running again for president.
The indictment of Donald Trump by a Manhattan grand jury has been filed under seal and will be announced in the coming days.
According to CNN’s report, the charges are not publicly known at this time.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office will reach out to Trump’s attorneys to discuss his surrender to face an arraignment.
Former Attorney for Donald Trump, Michael Cohen released a statement after the grand jury vote.
“For the first time in our Country’s history, a President (current or former) of the United States has been indicted. I take no pride in issuing this statement and wish to also remind everyone of the presumption of innocence; as provided by the due process clause. However, I do take solace in validating the adage that no one is above the law; not even a former President. Today’s indictment is not the end of this chapter; but rather, just the beginning. Now that the charges have been filed, it is better for the case to let the indictment speak for itself. The two things I wish to say at this time is that accountability matters and I stand by my testimony and the evidence I have provided to the District Attorney of New York.”