Prosecutors in New York signalled to Donald Trump that he is likely to be charged with a crime


By guest author Matthew Cullen from the New York Times


The Manhattan district attorney’s office recently informed the former president’s lawyers that he could face criminal charges for his role in the payment of hush money to a porn star, according to four people with knowledge of the matter.

The prosecutors gave Trump until next week to testify before the grand jury that has been hearing evidence in the potential case — an offer that Trump will likely decline. Such offers almost always indicate that an indictment is close.

Trump’s lawyers could still meet with prosecutors in hopes of fending off charges, which centre on a xUSD 130,000 payment to the porn star, Stormy Daniels, in the final days of the 2016 presidential campaign. Any charge would mark the first indictment of a former American president, an unprecedented event that could upend the 2024 presidential race, in which Trump is considered a top candidate for the Republican nomination.