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New York Grand Jury Votes to Indict Ex-President

Donald Trump becomes the first former president to be criminally charged in US history

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Former President Donald Trump

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Donald Trump is the first former president to ever be criminally charged in US history. 

A Manhattan grand jury has indicted Trump, his attorney, Joe Tacopina, confirmed to Insider.

His indictment will likely interfere with his third bid for president in the upcoming 2024 election. 

The indictment comes after a years-long investigation by the Manhattan district attorney’s office into Trump’s business dealings and whether he violated New York state laws when his lawyer paid $130,000 to Stormy Daniels.

Daniels says she and Trump had an affair in the 2000s, and that he and his lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid her to keep quiet during the 2016 election campaign. Cohen took a plea deal with prosecutors and has said that Trump approved of the payment.

Trump has denied that there was ever an affair and said he has done “absolutely nothing wrong,” calling the probe politically motivated.

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