Donald Trump Locked Up If Found Guilty
Update: Donald Trump faces up to 136 years in prison if he’s found guilty of 34 class E felonies.
A Manhattan grand jury has indicted former President Donald Trump after a probe into hush money paid to porn star Stormy Daniels. He is the first former US president to face criminal charges, even as he makes another run for the White House. The charges are related to business fraud, but the specific charges are not yet known as the indictment remains under seal. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg led the investigation, and Trump’s lawyers, Susan Necheles and Joseph Tacopina, have stated that they will “vigorously fight” the charges.
Could Trump Go To Jail
If convicted of a felony bookkeeping charge, Trump could face up to four years in prison, and more if Bragg hits him with multiple offenses. It is unclear whether Trump will be arrested or handcuffed, but he will have to travel to Manhattan for fingerprinting and other processing. A judge will likely unseal the charges in the coming days, and Trump’s lawyers have stated that they will “vigorously fight” the charges.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing and called the indictment “political persecution and election interference at the highest level in history.” He has also accused Bragg, a Democrat, of trying to hurt his chances of winning the 2024 election. However, the charges could significantly impact his presidential comeback attempt, as the mug shot from his arraignment and any visuals from his courtroom appearances could provide fodder for rivals.
The investigation stems from payments made to Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, in exchange for keeping silent about a sexual encounter she had with Trump in 2006. Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen has said he coordinated with Trump on the payments to Daniels and to a second woman, former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who also said she had a sexual relationship with him. Trump has denied having affairs with either woman.
The Manhattan investigation is one of several legal challenges facing Trump, as he faces multiple lawsuits and investigations. While Trump’s allies and fellow Republicans have blasted the indictment as politically motivated, Democrats have said he is not immune from the rule of law. As the legal drama unfolds, the world will be watching to see what impact the charges have on Trump’s political future.
Is Michael Cohen Still in Jail
Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen who was implicated in the fraudulent activity with Stormy Daniels, was sentenced to 3 years in prison in 2018. By the Spring of 2020, Michael Cohen was released to home confinement.
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