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Donald Trump indicted, becomes first ex-president to face criminal charges

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump has been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury, a lawyer for the former president told the Associated Press on Thursday.

Trump, a Republican who held office from 2016-2020, will be charged over hush money payments he allegedly made to adult film star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 presidential election. The details of the criminal charges have yet to be released.

Trump, who is once again seeking office, is the first ex-president to face criminal charges. Two Saturdays ago, he went to social media to predict his future arrest while maintaining his innocence.

Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., issued the following statement in response to the decision to indict the former president:

“There is a reason that federal prosecutors had already declined to pursue charges against Donald Trump. It is clear that the allegations against him are politically motivated and are based almost entirely on the testimony of ex-employees who wish him harm. It is a travesty for our justice system, and I think this Manhattan prosecutor will see his case backfire.”

This story will be updated as more details become available.

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