20 March 2023 - Donald Trump may be facing criminal charges
Trump in panic mode as he braces for likely charges in Stormy Daniels case
Hugo Lowell (The Guardian, 19/03/2023)
Donald Trump is bracing for his most legally perilous week since he left the White House, with the Manhattan district attorney likely to bring criminal charges against him over his role in paying hush money to adult film star Stormy Daniels, as he huddled this weekend to strategize his legal and political responses.
The former US president has posted in all-caps on his Truth Social platform that he expected to be “ARRESTED ON TUESDAY OF NEXT WEEK” and called for his supporters to engage in protests – an ominous echo of his tweets urging protests in the lead-up to the January 6 US Capitol attack.
What to Know About Trump's Possible Criminal Charges
Eric Cortellessa and Anisha Kohli (Time Magazine, 19/03/2023)
Donald Trump may be on the verge of becoming the first former President ever to be criminally indicted.
On Saturday, Trump claimed he would be indicted by the Manhattan District Attorney on Tuesday and encouraged his supporters to “protest, take our nation back,” in a post on Truth Social. District Attorney Alvin Bragg has not commented on Trump’s claims, however, and a spokesperson for Trump later said that Trump hasn’t received any information about an arrest.
Why a Trump indictment would have huge political and national implications
Stephen Collinson (CNN, 20/03/2023)
America’s political and legal institutions are bracing for their next extreme test posed by former President Donald Trump.
Trump’s prediction on Saturday that he could be arrested this week – and his attempt to ignite a preemptive backlash – made what had been the theoretical prospect of an ex-president and 2024 candidate being criminally charged appear much more real. And it signaled America is headed for an even more politically divisive ordeal that will test his influence over the GOP.
The Curtain Rises on Trump’s Legal Dramas
David Remnick (The New Yorker, 18/03/2023)
If mercy and justice reliably prevailed in this fallen world, Donald Trump would not be permitted to squat rent-free and endlessly in the public consciousness. After suffering humiliation at the ballot box, he would have slithered off to live out his days at his tropical Elba in South Florida, playing golf and eating what he has called “the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake you’ve ever seen.” But there is no chance of that.