With a grand jury in New York having approved an indictment of Donald Trump on Thursday related to the scheme to provide hush money before the 2016 election to adult film star Stormy Daniels, it’s now come out that the indictment, which wasn’t immediately available publicly, apparently includes a whopping 34 counts related to falsification of business records.
That tidbit was shared by journalist John Miller on CNN. What had long been expected was that the case against Trump in this venue, assuming it emerged, would focus on falsified business records at the Trump Organization covering reimbursements to Donald’s former ally Michael Cohen, who was the direct source for the money. Further specifics related to the reportedly nearly three dozen counts Trump is facing in his indictment are set to emerge in tandem with his arraignment, which is set for early next week according to the latest updates, when he’ll be processed.
Trump predictably took to raging online, saying little he hadn’t uttered in some rant before. If eventually found guilty, he could face time in jail. He’s still also going on trial next month in a civil case from writer E. Jean Carroll, who has filed court claims that Trump sexually assaulted her in the 1990s. In yet another recent judicial loss for Trump, federal Judge Lewis Kaplan recently agreed to let an accompanying defamation claim from Carroll remain active. The claim relates to a rant Trump posted on his personal account on his knock-off social media site Truth Social late last year, well after leaving office — meaning no procedural protections associated with the presidency would be available. If a jury eventually rules against Trump, he could seemingly face financial penalties. He also continues facing the criminal investigations in Georgia into attempted election interference and from Jack Smith into further electoral schemes and the classified docs found with Trump in Florida.
John Miller tells @ErinBurnett that his sources say trump charges are 34 counts related to falsifying business records.
— Paula Reid (@PaulaReidCNN) March 30, 2023