President Donald Trump has been formally indicted by a Manhattan Grand Jury on 30 counts related to business fraud. This indictment comes as a result of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office investigating Trump and his link to an alleged “hush money” scandal. Trump could be arrested as early as next week.
The allegation is that Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid adult film star Stormy Daniels $130,000. Cohen then allegedly invoiced Trump’s businesses for that expense and was allegedly reimbursed. This transaction is considered illegal in New York essentially due to improper accounting. At best, this would be considered a misdemeanor. New York has a two-year statute of limitations on misdemeanors and this offense was from the 2016 Presidential campaign cycle.
So, obviously, the statute of limitations has expired by now. However, the misdemeanor could rise to the level of a felony if it is proven that the “hush money” is proven and then proven to be a campaign finance violation. To prove all of the necessary things necessary to elevate this alleged offense to a felony is pie-in-the-sky at best.
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