Donald John Trump has made history, the kind of history that will be included in the first line of his obituary when that event arrives.
It will say he is the first former president of the United States indicted by a grand jury on allegations that he committed a crime.
Well … what now?
The law requires that the former POTUS show up to be charged formally. He will be fingerprinted, read his rights and will have his picture taken.
Oh … the allegation? The Manhattan, N.Y., grand jury says that he paid a porn start $130,000 to keep quiet about a one-night tumble he took with her in 2006, just weeks after his third wife gave birth to Trump’s fifth child. Trump denies he had the encounter with Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels, but he paid her anyway. Go … figure, eh?
The grand jury indicted Trump on a charge that he paid the sum illegally in 2016 while he was running for POTUS the first time.
Ohhh, boy. Ain’t this just a kick in patootie?
Now we must face the obvious question of whether this is just the first of a series of indictments. We have the Georgia district attorney investigating whether Trump sought to overturn the results of the 2020 election there; we have that evidence recorded from a phone tirade he launched against the Georgia secretary of state.
Plus … we have the Justice Department examining whether Trump broke the law when he took classified documents from the White House as he was exiting the building and, of course, whether he incited the 1/6 insurrection that sought to overthrow the U.S. government. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has said that “no one is above the law. No … one!” We’re going to find out if he means it.
I have thought the Georgia case was the easiest one to prosecute. Maybe that will pan out. Then again, there also appears to be mountains of evidence against the ex-POTUS on the insurrection and the classified documents matters as well.
But all that aside, what we have unfolding today is an unprecedented event in U.S. history with Trump standing alone as the only ex-POTUS to be charged with a felony.
This individual’s life is about to change forever.
Stand tall, Donald.