A New York criminal grand jury has indicted former President Donald Trump, according to multiple news reports Thursday night citing persons familiar with the case.
A former president has never been indicted before. Trump is also a Republican candidate in the 2024 race for the presidency.
The New York Times and Washington Post reported Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has been investigating payments Trump paid to adult film actor Stormy Daniels in return for her silence during the 2016 election about an affair.
Members of Congress quickly began to react, along partisan lines, as news reached them Thursday.
Many House Republicans who have allied themselves with Trump took aim at Bragg. Reps. Tim Walberg of Michigan, Andy Biggs of Arizona and Matt Gaetz of Florida accused Bragg of targeting the former president.
“A majority of Americans know Alvin Bragg’s witch hunt is a politically motivated,” Gaetz wrote on Twitter.
Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, tweeted, “Outrageous.”
Colorado GOP Rep Lauren Boebert tweeted the indictment “is another political witch hunt targeting the people’s President.”
California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, who led one of the impeachment trials against Trump, wrote on Twitter the “indictment of a former president is unprecedented.”
“But so too is the unlawful conduct in which Trump has been engaged,” Schiff wrote. “A nation of laws must hold the rich and powerful accountable, even when they hold high office. Especially when they do. To do otherwise is not democracy.”
North Carolina Democratic Rep. Alma Adams released a statement saying that the promise that “no one is above the law” in the United States was kept with Trump’s indictment.
“Mr. Trump, like every other American, is entitled to due process,” Adams wrote. “That is another core promise of our Constitution. The State of New York has spent years meticulously building their case, and they secured an indictment not from political power brokers or the media, but from a grand jury of ordinary citizens.”
Sen. Thom Tillis, a North Carolina Republican, wrote on Twitter that he was skeptical.
“This is the same District Attorney who is notorious for letting violent criminals off the hook in Manhattan, but has been laser-focused on pursuing a politicized prosecution of a former president,” he wrote. “Politics should never tip the scales of justice, and Congress has every right to investigate the conduct and decision-making of the Manhattan D.A.’s office.”
–Jacob Fischler, States Newsroom
This is a developing story and will be updated.
The “Lock her up” crowd sure are snowflakes with all the feels.
If Trump is guilty then they better start loading the prison bus’s at the White House! You cannot pick and choose when they all are guilty of something.
@ Tim. . . you know what, “WE” are all human and as such we have all made mistakes. “HOWEVER” are you implying that “no one” can possibly be a criminal and go to jail, no matter what? trump has been indicted by a grand jury of his peers for “criminal acts”. Should we all just look away and not hold him accountable. . . just because the FOX cult will forgive him absolutely anything?
Deborah Coffey says
Hooray! BY A JURY of HIS PEERS.
I wish the indictment was for something more substantive like his attempt at election interference in Geoirgia, his mutliple other shady financial shady dealings (including any tax audits) and/or the January 6th insurrection which not only occurred on his watch (while he did nothing to stop them) but which he played a part in inciting.
Never fear ASF. . . those investigations are on going. . . hopefully, this is just the beginning!
Wait until Jack Smith files his indictments for Trump and his side kicks I am betting the charges will be Treason and that will be prison time for sure.
This is just the appetizer in a 5 course meal.
Land of no turn signals says says
Yet Hunter Biden roams free.What a country.
David Schaefer says
What does he have to do with this. Trump is a liar and a crook just wait till the Georgia and Jan 6th case come up.
Please provide “credible” evidence that Hunter Biden has broken the law. If you cannot. . . you are just posting FOX talking points. Please do your research and also “think”. Look, the GOP has been investigating Hunter Biden for several years. . . Where is the concrete “evidence”?
If they do manage to come up with something “criminal” . . . Hunter Biden should be held accountable as well.
Concerned Citizen says
Meanwhile his father also mishandled classified documents. But seems to get a pass.
@ concerned citizen. . . there is a huge difference between trump’s possible criminal “taking” of classified documents and those mishandled by President Biden’s staff. For example, trump’s attorney’s told the FBI that all the classified documents were found and turned over. BUT, a months later subsequent search of Mara Lago produced several “more” documents clearly marked “Classified”.
Take a good read about the difference from someone other than FOX:
@CC. . . Please read and “think” beyond FOX. More recent “evidence” of trump’s personal obstruction when it comes to those “classified” documents:
Investigators have information that indicates Trump personally reviewed some of the documents in his Mar-a-Lago home after receiving a subpoena from the Justice Department, people familiar with the investigation told the Post, out of an apparent wish to hold on to some things.
While the former president’s team returned some classified documents following the May 2022 subpoena, the FBI’s August search turned up more that hadn’t been returned.
Additional evidence obtained by investigators suggests that Trump told others to mislead government officials trying to recover documents from his time in the White House before the subpoena last year, which the Post noted could be evidence of his intent.
Hunter Biden was never Presiden and has never annonced any intention to run for government office….unlike Mr. Trump.
Id love to know which crimes Hunter allegedly commited, did you ever seen the Trump crime family? they literally stole money from sick kids. Guess you dont care about them or the fact Hunter doesnt and never has held a public office. Maybe turn off the propaganda network and check your sources beyond what Hannity told you on the radio.
Steve Ward says
So predictable thank you LOL
Good, I hope he go to jail and die there. I know that will not happen, am glad he was indicted. Now waiting to hear what the Repubs will say next. We are watching you Desantis.
Atwp: DeSantis is the Republican backup should Trump fail. Yes, we will be watching him, and hope he fails as well.
G A says
It’s about time. Let it rain indictments and guilty verdicts. Trump has made a mockery of the justice system his whole life. Karma baby. Karma Way overdue. Bring it!
The Voice Of Reason says
What a great day! Yankees win opening day 5-0 and trump is headed to prison. Time to go to Pub;ix for a tray of patriotic red white and blue cupcakes.
I wonder how many gullible people will now donate $$$$$ to trump?
This will be ongoing and he will get loads of media attention…
…..and will be great for his campaign!
I read in one media report that Trump has received over $4 million in “donations” since this indictment was announced.
$4 million in a day.
If Paul Harvey were alive today, He would be saying” Good morning BANANA REPUBLIC…………….. it’s Friday”
Dennis C Rathsam says
Cant believe all these people crying for Trumps head…. Open your eyes folks, cant you see that the DOJ in NY vowed to get Trump, when Bragg was running for DA. He won because of all the money George Soros contributed to him. 8 years later, after no one would prosicute Trump, only Bragg with his distorted veiws. Biden administration, has polerized the DOJ & the FBI. Lady justice has turned into a tool of the democrats, turning America into a bannanna republic. 3rd world countries operate like his, not the USA! The IRS raided Mr Taibies home over a old tax return….. What happened to the normal letter the IRS ussually sends? Russia & China do this crap, lady justice is supposed to be blind, inocent until proven guilty? If the IRS or the DOJ can do this to republicans, they can come after YOU TOO! Bidens killing America, over $3o million dollars was given to the Biden family, we have the bank records from China. What did the Biden,s do for all that money? Hunter Biden,s laptop proves the Biden,s are dirty, crime, drugs & murderers get off scott free in Braggs NYC. Instead of making NYC a better place to live, stop the crime, he turns his head the other way…. To go after Trump!!!! What a sad day for America, we are losing everthing that made us the greatest country in the world. Hope you all like rice, because at the rate we are going, China,s gonna be your daddy!
Dennis Trump isn’t the perfect god you blind Repubs think he is. Would you go to prison for this person?
Fox talking points. Like the previous post from Sherry, do your research. I know the truth hurts.
” AND YOU WILL KNOW THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE”
To……Dennis C Rathsam
All due respect the ex former twice impeached once indicted POTUS is innocent until proven guilty. Don’t blow a gasket
Dont worry the GOP will step up their full sabatoge of America.
Better late then never. Maybe now he will realize NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW.
Trump is a Malignant Narcissist. His ego demands that his interests rank above everything and everyone else. Since he became President, he has strayed into actual sociopathic behavior–which is characterized by an utter inability to learn anything from one’s own mistakes and make necessary adjustments.
Narcissists are experts at ferreting out the weaknesses in other people and exploiting them to their own advantage. It’s like Donald Trump and his supporters are stuck in an abusive polygamous cult marriage—one that seems to include Conservative politicans who you would hope would know better than to risk everything (even their own political futures, not to mention the welfare of our country) in service to their “chosen one” .
ASF: Did you see Lindsay Graham with bloodshot eyes tearing away while begging people to fund Trump? Trump needs fuel for his jet and payroll and taxes for Mar-A-Lago, Trump Tower, etc. Okay folks, send forth your hard, earned money ’cause the Democrats and the justice system are trying to bleed him dry. Poor victim. I guess his digital cards aren’t doing too well these days. Ivonka and Jerrod sure made a bundle and hauled ass, didn’t they? Maybe they can give him a loan.
A great day in the USA to show the world we prosecute anyone even an ex loser president who breaks the law. Karma has caught up with Donald. Tuesday will we see all the charges that the grand jury filed against him. Sure he is on social media begging everyone to sent him money. He doesn’t want to pay his own legal fee’s he will beg any sucker out there to send him money. After all he wants to play golf everyday on their money. Wonder if they have golf courses in prisons now?
David Schaefer says
Oh those stupid Republicans are crying they better watch what they say.
Concerned Citizen says
While we are rooting for this victory let’s hope Biden is next.
Equal justice for all who break the law. Regardless of party affiliation.
@ Concerned Citizen. . . Regarding any Biden wrong doing . . . “credible facts and evidence” of criminal acts please. . . otherwise you are just posting FOX meaningless talking points.
Concerned: I agree. What, specifically, laws has Biden broken?
While the disgraced, twice-impeached failure of a president cries and moans about this “injustice”, while his conspiracy theorist supporters and faux infotainment talking heads spout idiocies of “weaponization of government” nonsense, let everyone not forget that it was the orange guy’s own justice department prosecutors who took on this case and convicted Michael Cohen in the porn star hush money case, and then sent Cohen to prison for his involvement. That is what prompted Cohen to turn on Trump and start squealing like a stuck pig, spilling all the beans on Trump about the former prez’ criminal conduct over the many years that Cohen was involved with him and his mob-like organization. If the same facts and crimes were sufficient to convict and incarcerate Michael Cohen for the illegalities involving paying hush money from a presidential campaign to a porn star to cover up an illicit affair of a married man who’s wife just gave birth to their son, then those who are feign such outrage over Trump being indicted for orchestrating and ordering that payment to be made just need to shut their pie holes while the criminal process plays itself out in a court of law. I still have my doubts about the strength of this case, and how wise it is to bring it instead of the other way more serious cases involving Trump’s crimes against America, but it is what it is.
Those living in a glass whitehouse should throw no stones. Open season now on Biden’s China dealings, a real crime not some BS trumped up charge george soros expects the NY DA to pursue after donating a million to his campaign, despite not really being a crime at all and with statues of limitations ran out. Lets waste several more million dollars of taxpayer money (Like that sham Jan.6 commission which accomplished nothing) and GET TRUMP!!! Dems are so nervous of their candidate’s gaffs he’s not even allowed to speak unless through the African ronald McDonald Press secretary!!! LOL the left just shot their own foot.
@ Confuscious. . . Please post “credible facts and evidence”. . . not just FOX BS talking points. BTW. . . wealthy “Republicans” are actually the biggest campaign contributors for the latest election:
IF a DA or the Justice Department found any Biden guilty of some fraud, our democratic republic will take care of them. Remember IF.
In the meantime a jury of his peers found trump guilty of some charges, charges still unknown to us. Our democratic republic will take care of him.
Just remember trump was a crook, trump is a crook and trump will always be a crook. To prove your loyalty to the cult I suggest you send him your savings, you need to feed the grift. It is only the first shoe that dropped. To be continued……
Con: “…the African ronald McDonald Press secretary [all of it sic]. Now, that says it all.
Now watch the GOP SABATOGE the judicial because they refuse to be held accountable for any of their crimes. Treason would be a better charge, but it does show the only FRAUD in the election was Trump himself.
sick of it says
Make America Great Again… Trump for prison 2024!!!!!
Nancy N. says
Amazing how many Trumpers in the comments here have opinions about the validity of the charges (and arguments as to specifically why) when it isn’t even known yet what the charges actually are…do you get a cookie for spewing all those talking points, or just a pat on the back?
Nancy: What would they do without Fox Entertainment, think for themselves?
you wicked communist liberals tgis wicked pervert inthe whitehouse
wants to to sex changes on young children and he has appointed
many sodomites to help him ot all he did was to create chaos
against GOD AND THERE DAY IS COMMING. PSALM9-17
BIL: Was there a sentence in there somewhere?
@BIL. . . you comment is so horrifically perverse, I sincerely hope you get the extensive counseling you so desperately need. . . and SOON!
Boy you are inebriated by the orange Kool aid. Might want to take a break and fact check a few of those accusations.
Personally believe Jan 6 Committee to be informative
I agree Steve, but you gotta feel sorry for people like Bil. They are so brainwashed and to use your quote ” inebriated by the orange Kool aid”, I wonder what people like that will do when they see their false God “trump”
go to jail and hopefully rot there.