Former President Donald Trump faces a serious charge, a source told CBS News on Saturday. A person familiar with the matter told CBS News that Trump is being charged with falsifying business records in the first degree, a felony in New York state.
The allegation stems from allegations in 2016 that adult film star Stormy Daniels was paid to buy her silence about an affair with Trump. The indictment, handed up by a New York grand jury, remains sealed, so details of the indictment were not immediately available.
Trump is the first former president in US history to face criminal charges.
The former president is expected to be sentenced before this Judge Juan Marchan On Tuesday, two sources familiar with the matter told CBS News. At that time the charge sheet will be read out to him.
In total, the indictment contains about 30 counts, two sources sure Friday to CBS News.
In a statement responding to the news of his indictment, the former president called it “the highest level of political oppression and election interference in history” and accused Democrats of “weaponizing our justice system to punish a political adversary, who could do just that. A president of the United States .”
Two of Trump’s attorneys, Joseph Tacopina and Susan Necheles, issued a statement saying the former president “has committed no wrongdoing” and “has vowed to vigorously fight this political case in court.”
Prosecutors have not notified Necheles and Tacopina of the charges, they told CBS News.
– Graham Cates continues to report.
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