Trump’s Pending Indictment


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Trump has been accused of several wrongdoings since the 2016 election.

Former President Donald Trump is facing mounting legal challenges as grand juries in multiple states investigate his alleged wrongdoing. The New York City grand jury, which has been considering whether to charge Trump with criminal activity, is set to resume its work after an unexpected day off, but it is unclear whether the proceedings will relate to the hush money payment to adult star Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 presidential election.

Reports suggest that the grand jury will instead handle another case unrelated to the payoff. Trump faces three other serious criminal inquiries in Washington, D.C., and Georgia as he seeks the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. One of these investigations involves Trump’s retention of classified government records at his Florida residence after leaving the White House.


The Department of Justice’s investigation into alleged wrongdoing by the former president will include testimony by Evan Corcoran, the former president’s attorney, before a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C. on Friday. In addition, a grand jury in Atlanta is currently looking into Trump and his affiliates for allegedly using pressure to get Georgia officials to throw out Trump’s loss to Biden in the state’s popular vote that same year. The DOJ is also closely examining Trump’s efforts to reverse his loss to President Joe Biden in the 2020 Electoral College.

Cohen and Daniels, have both claimed in the Manhattan lawsuit that the $130,000 was given to them in order to stay quiet about an alleged sexual encounter Daniels had with Trump in 2006. In financial records, the Trump Organization included payments he made to Cohen to pay off Daniels’ debt as well as taxes he owes on that money under the heading “legal fees.”

A recent closed session in federal court in Washington, D.C. was attended by attorneys for Donald Trump and former vice president Mike Pence. Pence’s testimony before the grand jury looking into Trump’s attempts to rescind the results of the 2020 election is being sought by the Department of Justice. At this moment, it is unknown what happened at the closed-door hearing.

The DOJ wants Pence to appear before the D.C. grand jury as part of its investigation into Trump’s attempt to persuade Pence to refuse to certify the Electoral College votes of several states that President Joe Biden won on January 6, 2021. On that day, a crowd of Trump supporters disrupted a joint session of Congress that was confirming Biden’s victory, forcing Pence and legislators to flee.

Pence’s testimony has been subpoenaed, but Trump’s attorneys are attempting to stop it by claiming executive privilege protects it. Pence asserts that he is shielded from having to provide such testimony by his position as Senate President.

A reputable pollster claims that Trump’s expanding lead in the polls for the GOP presidential primary may not be impacted despite these legal issues. According to Patrick Murray of the Independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, “at its core, MAGA is about the politics of grievance more than any other specific subject.” Patrick Murray was speaking to CNBC.

“The irony is, the more that [Trump] comes under scrutiny, then the more he epitomizes what the MAGA movement is all about and moves them back into his camp,” Murray said. Monmouth’s most recent poll of the potential GOP primary field showed Trump pulling ahead of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is considered the ex-president’s biggest rival even though he has not yet announced a White House bid.

The poll was taken between March 16 and March 20, mostly before the possibility that Trump would be charged by the Manhattan district attorney took over the news cycle. The margin of error for the survey of 521 Republicans and Republican-leaning voters is 6.6 points.

Trump’s legal troubles have been a source of controversy since his presidency, with some critics arguing that he has long been a lawless leader. Trump’s supporters, however, remain steadfast in their loyalty to the former president, with many still believing that he is the true president.