Former-President Donald Trump was arrested in Manhattan on Tuesday over alleged hush money payments made in 2016 to adult film star Stormy Daniels. This is the first time in United States history that a former president has faced criminal charges.
Video posted on Twitter shows Trump raising his fist and waving before heading into the courthouse.
The arrest comes after a grand jury voted to indict the 45th president on Thursday. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who is leading the case against Trump, announced earlier this year that he will not prosecute certain crimes, including marijuana misdemeanors, including the sale of certain amounts; some theft; trespassing except in certain cases, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration in certain cases, and prostitution.
Trump’s re-election campaign announced on Sunday that the former president will deliver a public address at 8:15 p.m. EDT at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, just hours after his arrest.
On the night before he was arrested, Trump posted on his social media platform Truth Social, writing, “HEADING TO NEW YORK. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!”
Almost exactly one year ago, two-time failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee were fined by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for lying about funding the false Russian “dossier” that was used against then-presidential candidate Donald Trump in the weeks leading up to his 2016 win.
In a memo to Coolidge Reagan Foundation (CRF) — which initially filed an FEC complaint nearly four years ago — the FEC said it concluded that Clinton and the DNC violated expenditure reporting rules regarding payments to the research group Fusion GPS.
The DNC and the Clinton campaign paid over $1 million to the law firm Perkins Coie for information that Fusion GPS had on the dossier, which eventually led to the so-called “Russia hoax.” Both the Clinton campaign and Democrats then concealed why they transferred the money, claiming it was for “legal advice and services.”
Despite pushback from the campaign and the DNC, which argued the “legal services” label was appropriate because the money went to Perkins Coie first, the commission determined the groups violated election law.
Clinton was fined $8,000 and the DNC was fined $105,000. Clinton was never arrested for violating election law.
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