Trump is Indicted in the Stormy Daniels Hush Money Case

The decisions of Donald J. Trump did not go good for him on March 30, 2023, when it was learned that the disgraced ex-President has now been indicted by a Grand Jury in New York. He is the first President in U.S. history to ever be indicted and now must face what he may want to turn into a spectacle for political reasons and to raise more money. He will raise the money from his followers, and he will use the money for re-election purposes. So in Trumps sick mind, most likely he welcomes this indictment.  His attorneys have stated that President Trump will turn himself into the authorities on New York on Tuesday, April 4th, 2023. The easiest shot any law maker had was to convict him when he was impeached twice, but the U.S. Senate twice refused to vote favorably to convict. In the case of presidential impeachment trials, the chief justice of the United States presides. The Constitution requires a two-thirds vote of the Senate to convict, and the penalty for an impeached official upon conviction is removal from office.

Trump is facing the first of four criminal investigations for his actions, prior, during and most likely after his service to the country as the 45th President of the United States. Charges include at least 30 document fraud charges.

Even with that said, Donald Trump can continue to run for President again. He can run again while being indicted or even when convicted. If convicted of a misdemeanor which is likely the sure thing he can be prosecuted of, alone could not stop him from running. Also, if it is decided by a jury court that he committed a felony, he can be sentenced to prison or home confinement, which certainly would not allow him to continue to run for office and if incarcerated, he surely couldn’t act as the President of the United States. He most likely would not be allowed on social media, and for all intents and purposes not be allowed to continue posting on his social media outlets. These decisions would be the sole direction of the presiding Judge in Trumps court case.

Even in better times for Trump, especially when he became president, he did not win with the popular vote, but he did win the electoral college vote. Chances this time around he will not win either the vote count or electoral college vote, as more pending charges will come his way. Presently, there are very limited requirements when running for Presidential election, which are listed below:

  • The candidate contesting for the position must be a natural-born citizen of the United States of America.
  • The candidate must be 35 years or older.
  • The candidate should be a US resident for 14 years.

The only additional exception is that the American Constitution prohibits a tenure of longer than 2 terms of 4 years each. In Donald Trump’s case, he has only served for 1 full term as President, so he qualifies to run again. But what makes it unlikely that he would succeed to become President after being convicted of a felony would be purely political. The fallout from his own party would be devastating to him. If he were to be re-elected, all current and future charges against him would be put on hold, as a sitting President of the United States cannot be convicted of crimes while in office.

Besides all of the very real reasons why Trump was indicted now in March of 2023 is because the Statute of Limitations is running out for crimes that must be proved he committed in the past.

 

 

 

The Ongoing Investigations of Trump – 1st Three

In my lifetime, I have never known a person to have so many major negative issues going on at the same time, let along owned by a previous President of the United States. I am presenting a series of articles highlighting the online investigations of Donald J. Trump. The investigations stated in this article are highlighted below. Other Cases/Investigations will appear in upcoming articles.

The primary and ongoing investigations in this post are as follows…

  1. The Manhattan Criminal Case
  2. The New York State Civil Inquiry
  3. The Georgia Criminal Inquiry

The NEXT two cases will be presented in the next post.

  1. The Classified Documents Inquiry
  2. January 6 Inquiries

Other Cases and Investigations and Lawsuits Trump is Facing

  1. The Trump Organization Payroll Case
  2. The E. Jean Carroll rape and defamation case against Trump
  3. The ‘multi-level marketing’ pyramid scheme case
  4. Michael Cohen’s ‘imprisonment’ case
  5. The Electric Avenue copyright case
  6. Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton – lawsuit filed by Trump
  7. Donald Trump vs. Mary Trump – lawsuit filed by Trump

Even before the Insurrection of January 6th, 2021, Donald J. Trump has made so many poor decisions and most would say he outwardly made bad decisions prior, during and after his presidency.

Presently, Donald J. Trump, who forever will be known as the 45th President of the United States, a one-term president, has violated his own office. The one-term disgraced president is now facing several investigations that pose him serious legal troubles.

Why has it taken so long to come to a head? Everyone would say that the top reason would be that you cannot indict a sitting president. So why would anyone want to indict a sitting president? The main reason would be because of his actions even before he was president.

Starting from the top, the Manhattan criminal case began before Donald J. Trump became president. The Manhattan District Attorney, Alvin L. Bragg is marching forward as he has impaneled a grand jury in January 2023 which may be seeking criminal charges against the president. As recent as last week, the District Attorney’s office has notified the attorneys of Trump that their client has a chance to testify before a grand jury in hopes he would be interested in NOT being prosecuted in a criminal case. This most always means that the prosecuting attorney Alvin L. Bragg has an extraordinarily compelling case against Trump, and that all the evidence against him has been weighed and now the prosecuting attorney now is ready to issue criminal charges against Trump if he doesn’t immediately defend himself.  This will be the very first time in American history that a former President of the United States will be indicted for a criminal matter. As most defendants do, they decline to testify to answer questions in front of a grand jury. In Trump’s case, it’s “damned if he does, and damned if he doesn’t.”  So, all bets are in this case that Trump will decline to testify, because he knows the only thing he will do if he testifies is to incriminate himself or plead the 5th.  As of this post, Trump has already denied a request to appear in front of a grand jury. To be honest, Trump’s attorneys would never allow him to testify. The first reason is that Trump can never tell the truth, and it would be proven that he lied in court in front of a grand jury, which is a felony. The second reason is that if he told the truth, he would incriminate himself, and he surely would be indicted.   So, in a real sense, he is professing his own guilt. Trump is known to never speak the truth, thus it’s hard to understand why he calls his website “Truth Social”. I guess it’s just a mockery of words, which is really what the summary of Donald Trump’s entire life has been. Even when he was acting president, he disgraced his office. When you look at Donald J. Trump as a candidate, as a president, as a defender of Democracy, as a fellow Republican, as a father and protector of his family, Donald J. Trump fails on every front.

IF DONALD TRUMP IS EVER ACCUSED OF A FELONY IN ANY TRIED CASE, HE WILL NO LONGER BE ELIGIBLE TO BECOME PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. EVEN IF TRUMP IS INDICTED IN ANY CASE, NOT MUCH CAN KEEP HIM FROM RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT EXCEPT A FELONY CHARGE.  FELONY CHARGES ARE VERY POSSIBLE IN THE MANHATTAN CRIMINAL CASE, WHERE HUSH MONEY WAS PAID TO STORMY DANIELS. IT BECOMES A FELONY IF HE REPORTS THE PAYMENT IN THE BOOKS AS ANYTHING OTHER THAN A LOAN. MOST LIKELY THE PAYMENT WAS NOT SUBMITTED IN THE BOOKS CORRECTLY.

The investigation seeking criminal charges began with a prosecuting attorney by the name of Cyrus R. Vance Jr., looking into the business practices of Trump, and the charge that Trump has fraudulently inflated the value of his real estate to secure favorable loans. But attorney Vance originally decided to not continue the investigation, as also Mr. Bragg did originally, realizing it would be all but impossible to accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing and to indict in office with the strength of the case at that time was not enough to prosecute the president.  But then with the help of New York’s attorney general, Letitia James, working on a hush money case involving payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels in 2016, and the help of then attorney Michael Cohen testifying after his own conviction and going to jail against Trump, decided to rekindle the inquiry.

Even before the present possible indictment of Trump, the prosecuting attorney successfully convicted Trump’s company known as the “Trump Organization” of multiple felonies related to a tax fraud scheme.  The CEO of the company, Allen Weisselberg, has recently been convicted of the scheme and is serving time at Rikers Island jail.  So, the bottom line here is that if Michael Cohen and Allen Weisselberg has or is serving jail time for the offenses that Trump is also guilty of, then the president himself needs to be convicted and serve jail time.  Justice matters, and it would only be right for Trump to go to jail if convicted.  It is not easy to convict a President of the United States, but in this case, justice may finally be served.

The second case against Trump would be the New York State Civil Inquiry. This is led by New York Attorney General Letitia James, who has sued Trump, along with his family and the Trump Organization. For over a decade, James claims that Trump has been in a pattern of false property value claims that his property was worth more than it was, and then when it came to tax time, he would devalue his property to pay less taxes or receive tax breaks. This involved cheating the government out of millions of dollars in taxes that he failed to pay. This was one of the main reasons why Donald Trump tried for years to keep his taxes secret. Now that he is not a sitting president, his taxes have been revealed, and it is now known what exactly was claimed regarding his taxes. Originally, Trump claimed that all during the time of his presidency, he taxes were being audited. That turned out to be a proven lie. The other reason could be that he didn’t want the world to know how much or how little he was worth. He claimed he was so rich, but his taxes proved exactly how rich he wasn’t. He lied to the world and even to his own Republican Party, who still to this day continue to blindly support his claims and support him to run again for president in 2024. Even though he already stepped into the race for president, he most likely will not be nominated. Even then, Trump will figure out a way to hurt his own party for not nominating him, and that would be to continue to run as a third party, stealing votes away from the Republican nominee.  Why would Trump do such a thing? The simple answer is that he stands to rake in millions by just continuing to run, but at the same time he would be getting funds from his supporters. Trump will continue to receive money in any way that he can, regardless of if he would be helping the Republican Party or not. It’s not about the Republicans winning here, it’s about Trump winning, regardless of who loses.

The New York civil inquiry is expected to be decided in October 2023, by a Manhattan judge to settle a 220-page lawsuit. The effects of this lawsuit if won by the state would require Donald J. Trump to pay back 250 million, the amount he is believed to have stolen from the government claiming his tax breaks. Also, Letitia James wants to ban Trump and his three eldest children, Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric from ever running a company in the state of New York ever again. She wants to pull papers of incorporation from the Trump Organization. If she is successful, Trump would no longer be able to draw revenue from New York properties, including the expensive commercial rents from ‘Trump Tower’ that he continues to receive from along with other Manhattan skyscrapers. He would no longer be allowed to do business in the state of New York and would run him out of business in the state. The New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron claims that the trial will start on time, with a date set for October 2, 2023.

Third on the list is the Georgia Criminal Inquiry. This is what would be a ‘slam dunk’ case against Trump. He is directly involved in recruiting of a slate of alternative presidential electors after the 2020 election. At the time, it did not matter to him that the state’s results were recertified by the Republican leadership. He pressured state officials by phone, and one such call that has been made public was to Georgia’s Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger. In this call, you can hear Trump bribing the secretary, that he needed to “find” 11,780 votes, one more than President Biden’s margin of victory in the state. A grand jury, which lasted 8 months in the case, finally came with their recommendations on indictments and relevant statutes. They can only recommend that a defendant be charged, as they have no power to create a formal accusation such as an indictment. These jurors, a total of 23, also concluded that there was no widespread fraud in the 2020 election in Georgia that is claimed by Trump.  So this would not be good news for Trump. The district attorney of Fulton County, Fani T. Willis who is leading the investigations against Trump, also is investigating very probable charges of lying under oath against one or more witnesses, and now may be seeking indictments against them.

Updates to the 3 investigations are forthcoming.