Breaking: Manhattan prosecutors signal to Trump attorneys that he may be criminally charged, reports NYT

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According to the New York Times, the Manhattan district attorney’s office indicated on Thursday that former President Donald Trump would face criminal charges.

The possible charges stem from $130,000 in hush money paid to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who claimed she had an extramarital affair with Trump before he became president. Michael Cohen, Trump’s attorney at the time, paid the money in the final days of the 2016 presidential election. Cohen has since turned on his former employer, frequently criticizing him in the media.

According to the report, District Attorney Alvin Bragg offered to allow Trump to appear before a grand jury, a move that is frequently made before indictments are issued.

If Trump is indicted on criminal charges, it will be the first time in US history that a former president has been indicted.

The former president is also being investigated by the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office in Georgia on allegations that he attempted to sabotage the 2020 presidential election. He is also being probed by a special counsel, which is investigating election interference as well as the classified documents seized from Trump’s possession.

Daniels’ lawsuit against Trump took an unusual turn after her attorney, Michael Avenatti, was arrested and convicted of stealing money from clients and attempting to extort money from Nike. He was accused by the adult film actress of stealing money from her and filing lawsuits on her behalf but without her knowledge.