Saturday, March 18, 2023 ((rezonodwes.com)) — New York City law enforcement is preparing for the possibility that former President Donald Trump will be charged in the coming weeks and appear in Manhattan court in connection of an investigation into bribes paid to women who claim to have had sex with him, four law enforcement officials said on Friday.
No timetable has been publicly announced for secret grand jury deliberations, including a possible vote on indicting the former president.
Police department officials, who have not been authorized to speak publicly and who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said authorities were simply preparing for the possibility of a in charge. They described the conversations as preliminary and taking into account the security, planning and practicalities of a possible court appearance by a former president.
Mr. Trump’s attorney, Joseph Tacopina, told The Associated Press that if Mr. Trump was charged, “we would pursue normal proceedings.”
The Manhattan district attorney’s office had no comment. A message was left for the administrators of the court.
The grand jury heard from witnesses, including former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, who claims he orchestrated payments in 2016 to two women to silence them about sexual encounters they said they had with Trump ten years earlier. early.
Mr Trump denies the meetings took place, says he did nothing wrong and called the investigation a “witch hunt” by a Democratic prosecutor bent on sabotaging the Republican’s 2024 presidential campaign.
Mr. Cohen said that at the request of Mr. Trump, he arranged payments totaling $280,000 to porn actress Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal. According to Mr. Cohen, these payments were intended to buy their silence about Mr. Trump, who was then at the heart of his first presidential campaign.
Mr Cohen and federal prosecutors said the company paid him $420,000 to reimburse him for the $130,000 paid to Ms Daniels and to cover bonuses and other alleged expenses. The company categorized these payments as legal fees.
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