A grand jury in Manhattan indicted former President Donald Trump on Thursday afternoon according to numerous sources.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg confirmed on Thursday that a grand jury has indicted Trump over allegations related to an alleged hush-money payment to Stormy Daniels. The indictment, however, remains under seal, and the exact charges will not be publicized until Trump is arraigned, which is expected to take place next week.
Trump’s lawyer told NBC News that the former president — who lives in Florida — is expected to surrender in Manhattan early next week. Like any defendant, Trump will be fingerprinted, photographed, and read his Miranda rights.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), accused Bragg of “irreparably” damaging the country “in an attempt to interfere” in the election. “The American people will not tolerate this injustice, and the House of Representatives will hold Alvin Bragg and his unprecedented abuse of power to account,” McCarthy tweeted.
Will the indictment stand? Harvard Law School emeritus professor Alan Dershowitz predicted a judge will toss the case on statute of limitations grounds.
“I think the most important thing is they indicted him when he was out of New York, and that means they could have indicted him within the statute of limitations when he was out of New York. The statute of limitations is way expired,” Dershowitz explained on Newsmax. “They claimed they couldn’t have indicted him because he was outside of New York, but now they’ve indicted him when he’s not in New York.”