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Trump indicted by New York grand jury, first ex-president charged with crime

By Shayna Jacobs

31 Mar 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

A grand jury in Manhattan has indicted Donald Trump, an unprecedented legal case that could have a profound effect on next year's presidential election. The Post explains what's at stake.

NEW YORK - A Manhattan grand jury has voted to indict former president Donald Trump, making him the first person in U.S. history to serve as commander in chief and then be charged with a crime, and setting the stage for a 2024 presidential contest unlike any other.

The indictment was sealed, which means the specific charge or charges are not publicly known. But the grand jury had been hearing evidence about money paid to adult film actress Stormy Daniels during Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, allegedly to keep her from saying she'd had a sexual encounter with Trump years earlier. Trump is expected to turn himself in and appear in court on Tuesday at 2:15 p.m., said a person familiar with the matter, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss plans that have not been publicly announced.

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