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Donald Trump Indicted: Expected to Surrender Early Next Week


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A Manhattan grand jury indicted former President Donald Trump over hush money payments made to an adult film star.

The indictment from the grand jury makes Trump the only current or former president ever to be charged with a crime.

The investigation led by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg centers around an alleged $130,000 hush money payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. The payment allegedly made before the 2016 election is said to be over an alleged affair the former president denies.

slider img 2Trump responded in a lengthy statement that read in part "This is Political Persecution and Election Interference at the highest level in history."

Trump's Vice President Mike Pence defended him on CNN shortly after the news broke.

"I think the unprecedented indictment of a former President of the United States on a campaign finance issue is an outrage. And it appears to millions of Americans to be nothing more than a political prosecution," he told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

Other Republicans rushed to Trump's defense and targeted the district attorney's motives.

"It's duplicitous charging. They're trying to smear the guy, they're trying to take cases nobody else would take and resurrect them. This is literally legal voodoo," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R - SC) told Fox News.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy tweeted out a promise to hold Bragg accountable. Meanwhile, some Democrats preached patience.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer(D-NY) tweeted, "Mr. Trump is subject to the same laws as every American. There should be no outside political influence, intimidation, or interference in the case."

The indictment remains sealed meaning the exact charges are unknown right now. The former president and the GOP's leading candidate for 2024 is expected to turn himself in next week with an arraignment Tuesday. 

The New York Police Department is increasing security in anticipation of protests.

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Matt Galka serves as a Capitol Hill Correspondent and Senior Washington Correspondent for CBN News. He joined CBN in March of 2022 after most recently reporting in Phoenix, AZ. In Phoenix, Matt covered multiple stories that had national implications, including reports on the southern border and in-depth coverage of Arizona's election audit. Before Phoenix, Matt was in Tallahassee, FL, reporting on state government at the Florida Capitol and serving as a general assignment reporter. Matt's stories in Arizona earned him multiple Emmy awards and nominations. The Florida Associated Press