Currently, Donald Trump faces approximately 982,157 legal issues, several of which could lead to him receiving a prison sentence. Over the past nine months, however, there’s been one legal issue he hasn’t had to worry about: an investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Though the district attorney last year blamed the Trump Organization and its longtime CFO for allegedly running a 15-year tax fraud scheme, and said the CFO testified against that company last week, no charges were ever filed against Trump, and one in him personally was effectively suspended last February, but that reprieve is apparently over.
According to The New York Times, The District Attorney of Manhattan Alvin Bragg has refocused its criminal investigation on Trump — but this time it’s not about the alleged tax fraud that led to his company being charged with more than a dozen crimes, or the case Bragg almost wanted to drop earlier this year. of record reports of prosecutors returning to the case that originally launched their investigation into Trump several years ago: the hush money payment he made to a porn star in the closing days of his 2016 campaign Stormy Daniels, who tried to silence Trump about an affair she said she had had with the then-candidate in 2006. While the district attorney’s office, then led by Cyrus Vance Jr., had ultimately chosen to shift focus to Trump’s “broader business practices,” Bragg, as well as some of his deputies, reportedly “recently indicated to associates, supporters and at least one attorney involved in the case that they are once again optimistic about optimistic a case against Mr. Trump” in connection with the payment of $130,000 he made, through his then-lawyer Michael Cohen, to Daniels.
While you might think this would be a slam dunk case given that Cohen, who was paid back by Trump for the payment, literally went to jail for it, unfortunately it’s not as clear cut as it seems.
By the Time:
According to lawyers working with the Time, it is possible that Bragg is “pursue a violation of a New York state electoral law to substantiate a possible case,” which Vance pondered briefly, eventually including that the payment, made with money for a federal campaign, was outside the confines of the state law fell .Although, if the Time notes, it’s not clear “how Mr. Bragg could solve that problem.” Also not clear: that their apparent hopes of turning over the longtime CFO of the Trump Organization Allen Weisselberg will work this time:
Weisselberg’s lawyer refused Timerequest for comment. Trump has denied the affair with Stormy Daniels, a counterpoint to that denial is that she was unfortunately able to go into great detail about the ex-president’s genitalia. It is also important to note that he did indeed , authorize the payment to Daniels.