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Former President Donald Trump could become the first former president to be impeached as soon as next week. NBC reported Fridayciting law enforcement officials taking security precautions at the Manhattan Criminal Court before announcing a possible bombing.

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Officials from the New York Police Department, New York State Courts, the US Secret Service and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force are coordinating to prepare for additional security at the criminal courthouse in downtown Manhattan, according to NBC — the latest sign Manhattan prosecutors are preparing an indictment. .

The Manhattan grand jury requested his testimony last week while weighing the evidence against Trump, an invitation he declined but signaled an upcoming indictment.

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Trump could be accused of violating campaign finance laws for arranging payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels in exchange for his silence about their alleged 2006 affair, as the deal came just weeks before the 2016 presidential election. it was done.

After federal prosecutors found that the Trump Organization reimbursed its former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen for legal fees paid as falsely specified services, he could be hit with charges of falsifying business records. Is.

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Cohen implicated Trump when Hahn pleaded guilty in 2018 to five federal counts related to the scheme, telling the court that he carried out the deal at Trump's direction. Cohen testified twice before a Manhattan grand jury this week and met 20 times with prosecutors probing Trump. Daniels also met with the jury this week.

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Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels, and his lawyers have accused him of extortion for the $130,000 paid by Cohen.

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Prosecutors have to clear some legal hurdles to convict Trump of a felony. Falsifying business records is a misdemeanor in New York, and for the charge to be elevated to a felony, prosecutors must link it to another crime. The issue of Cohen's credibility is also looming large over the matter. In contesting his ability to serve as a witness, Trump's lawyers highlighted Cohen's own felony record, as well as his admission of lying to Congress in the investigation of Trump's failed deal to open a hotel in Moscow. Have done

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Trump is facing investigations into his business dealings and his conduct by at least three other law enforcement agencies after losing the 2020 election to President Joe Biden. The Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney's Office is investigating his role in efforts to overturn Biden's 2020 victory in the state. The Justice Department is also conducting two separate investigations regarding classified documents taken to Mar-a-Lago after Trump left office and his role in the January 6 Capitol riots. And the New York attorney general's office has an ongoing civil lawsuit against the Trump Organization alleging that he and his children inflated the value of their assets to secure more favorable loans.

Michael Cohen predicts Trump indictment is 'imminent' — and criticizes Trump lawyers for attacking his credibility (Forbes)

Trump expected to face criminal charges in New York, report says (Forbes)

Trump has no plans to meet with the Manhattan grand jury probing the Stormy Daniels payments (Forbes)

Trump denies affair with Stormy Daniels — because he could face criminal charges in alleged hush-money scheme (Forbes)