(GoRealNewsNow.com) – NEWS NOW: Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, is expected to testify before a grand jury in the Stormy Daniels hush money case next week. This is a sign that New York prosecutors are closing in on an indictment against the former president.
According to the New York Times, Cohen is believed to be the last witness that Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg will question in the probe. At least seven other witnesses have already testified before the grand jury, and Cohen’s appearance next week indicates that an indictment against Trump could come this month.
Lanny Davis, an attorney for Cohen, stated that they are cooperating with the investigation and appreciated the professionalism of Bragg’s team.
Trump has also been offered the chance to defend himself in front of the grand jury, but it is believed that he will decline.
If indicted, Trump would become the first former president in US history to face criminal charges.
The case that Bragg’s office has been investigating for five years revolves around a $130,000 payment made to Daniels during Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Daniels and Cohen claim that the payment was made to keep her quiet about a 2005 affair she had with Trump. Cohen says he paid Daniels the hush money, and Trump later reimbursed him in monthly installments.
In 2018, Cohen pleaded guilty to federal charges related to the hush money scandal and was sentenced to three years in prison.
Bragg could accuse the former president of falsifying business records in the hush money case and elevate that charge to a felony by arguing that it was attached to a second crime. The second crime would be that the $130,000 payment to Daniels was an improper donation to Trump’s campaign because it kept the affair under wraps and benefited his candidacy.
If convicted, Trump would face a maximum of four years in prison, but a prison sentence would not be mandatory.
Trump responded to the reports of an imminent indictment by claiming he did “nothing wrong” and calling the case a “Witch-Hunt.” He also wrote on Truth Social that the late Robert Morgenthau, the former Manhattan DA, would be “spinning in his grave” if he knew that his office was even considering charges against the former president.
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