Trump was officially arrested in New York City on 34 felony counts relating to the falsification of business records. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg gave a press conference shortly after Trump’s arraignment to give some details about the case and answer a few questions from the media. Bragg stated the obvious, that all 34 felony counts were related to the alleged $130,000 paid to adult film star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 Presidential Campaign. The problem is that the issue of paying Stormy Daniels can only rise to the level of a misdemeanor at best. There is a two-year statute of limitations in New York for misdemeanors.
The only way to charge Trump with a crime, in this case, would be to somehow elevate the misdemeanor into felonious offenses. This is where the case gets murky. Alvin Bragg says the 34 felonies are justified because the initial misdemeanors were committed to conceal another crime. Nowhere in the actual indictment paperwork does Bragg reveal what this “other” crime is. When asked about that particular detail by media at the press conference, Bragg refuses to answer and says that it is not required by law to reveal such information.
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