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Donald Trump is officially charged by a grand jury in New York

American media reported, Thursday, that a grand jury in a court in New York formally indicted Donald Trump in the 2016 case for buying the silence of a pornographic actress, in an unprecedented legal measure for a former president.

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“It is the most extraordinary gift we could have given him. [en vue des primaires du Parti républicain] Raphael Jacob, a research associate at the US Observatory, commented on the Raoul Dandurand Chair at the University of Quebec in Montreal.
The fact is that it welds behind him a large section of the electorate. »

Several American media outlets reported that the former tenant of the White House, who dreams of returning to it in 2024, should be accused by New York State Judge and his lawyer in Manhattan, Alvin Bragg, in the coming days.

CNN revealed Thursday evening, citing two informed sources, that he faces more than 30 charges.

Trump is accused of paying $130,000 to pornographic filmmaker and actress Stormy Daniels, with whom he had an extramarital affair. After keeping America in suspense for ten days, this hypothetical impeachment by Trump seemed unlikely to happen until the end of April on Thursday.

“political persecution”

The 45th president quickly responded forcefully in the hour after the news on Thursday night, denouncing “political persecution” and “interference in the 2024 presidential election.”

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“I am sure this witch hunt will turn violently against Joe Biden,” he asserted in a very long press release.

After pulling off a political stunt nearly two weeks ago by falsely announcing that he would be arrested on March 21, Trump and his team have come to believe in recent days that this investigation has yielded no results. Very strong evidence against him, CNN reported.

The former president had assessed on Sunday and Monday that the investigation, which he described as “fraud” and “electoral interference”, was “dead”.

He wants to propose to her

Trump will use his arrest to impersonate himself and galvanize his base, which could serve him well in the primaries, according to Jacob. However, this accusation could hurt him when he tries to become president again in the 2024 elections.

“In the long run, I think that puts the Republican Party in a very uncomfortable position,” Jacob says. We have seen that 60% of Americans think that should disqualify him from being president. »

Authorities will want to avoid showing the accusation and airing images of Trump handcuffed, for example, according to Frédéric Gagnon, owner of Raoul Dandurand Chair.

It would fuel that kind of feeling even more. [la victimisation] between its base. »

With Agence France-Presse