Grand jury indicts Donald Trump

A lawyer for Donald Trump said Thursday he was told the former president was indicted in New York on charges related to payments made during the 2016 presidential campaign to hush up allegations of an extramarital sexual encounter.

It becomes the first criminal case against a former US president and a shock to Trump’s bid to retake the White House in 2024.

Joe Tacopina, Trump’s attorney, told The Associated Press that he had been informed that a grand jury that had been sitting for months had voted to indict Trump.

The specific charges have not been made public.

Trump, who has denied any wrongdoing and attacked the investigation, was expected to turn himself in to authorities next week, according to a person familiar with the case who was not authorized to discuss.

The grand jury indictment of Trump, 76, is an extraordinary breakthrough after years of investigations into his business, political and personal dealings.

It is likely to boost critics who say Trump lied and cheated his way to the top and embolden supporters who feel the Republican is being unfairly targeted by a Democratic prosecutor.

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