Given donald trumplong time escaping all consequences for a lifetime of bad behavior, you’d be forgiven for assuming that none of the ongoing criminal investigations into the ex-president’s conduct will lead to anything. But apparently at least one of them might… and maybe soon!
NBC Laura Jarrett reported on Friday that “several law enforcement agencies, both state, local and federal, are having discussions about potential security measures in the event the former president is indicted.” She warned that “we’re not saying charges have been filed, [and] we do not comment on what these charges might be. But the fact that law enforcement officials at this high level are having such discussions shows you that this has reached a significant milestone…According to our information based on five senior officials, it could happen as soon as next week.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office convened a grand jury in January to hear testimony regarding Trump’s involvement in the 2016 silent payment to a porn star Stormy Daniels, and jurors heard testimony earlier this week from Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen. Cohen has previously said he paid Daniels $130,000 while Trump directed; he was reimbursed the money during Trump’s first year in office, with the then-president signing checks between official government business.
On Thursday, a Trump spokesperson insisted in a statement that the former president is the victim of, you guessed it, a witch hunt. He also warned, “If the Democrats can do this to President Trump, they can do it to you. (So think twice the next time you pay a six-figure porn star to shut up while she runs for president!)
If charged and convicted, Trump faces up to four years in prison.
And in case you’re wondering if this impeachment case isn’t some nasty rumor started by fake news leftists…
In other news…
Remember the Minnesota Republican who voted against free school meals because hunger “is a relative term”? He’s back, with more opinions to share.
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