Trump’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, announced that the New York Grand Jury voted to impeach Trump as part of the investigation into the $130,000 “silence” payment to adult movie star Stormy Daniels, who allegedly had sex outside of marriage.
Thus, Trump will become the first ex-US President in American history to appear in court for an accusation against him.
The grand jury voted to impeach former US President Donald Trump. https://t.co/nFqkp2Dfo8 pic.twitter.com/CoJ9UkiqXC
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Trump, who is a candidate for the 2024 presidential election in the USA, announced on March 18 that he expected the arrest of the Manhattan District Attorney in connection with his investigation, and therefore called for protests.
“Shush share” payment
Adult movie star Stormy Daniels claimed that she signed an agreement in 2016 for a payment of 130,000 dollars to remain silent about her alleged sexual intercourse with Trump, but argued that it was invalid because it was not signed by Trump.
While Trump denied Daniels’ allegations, Michael Cohen, who was Trump’s lawyer before the 2016 election campaign, confirmed that he paid Daniels $130,000 from his own account on Trump’s behalf.
Cohen claimed that the Trump companies later repaid him about $420,000 in bonuses.
Detained in December 2018 on charges of “lying” and “tax evasion” in the investigation into Trump’s election campaign, Cohen was sentenced to 3 years in court and sent to federal prison in Otisville in May 2019 to serve his sentence.
In those years, federal prosecutors did not need to initiate any investigation against Trump, while the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office initiated what is known as the “shutdown” payment.