A Manhattan grand jury has indicted former U.S. President Donald Trump on charges related to payments made to silence allegations of an extramarital sexual encounter during the 2016 presidential campaign. This marks the first criminal case against a former U.S. president and could impact Trump’s bid to retake the White House in 2024. The indictment, confirmed by Trump’s lawyer and anonymous sources, highlights years of investigations into his business and personal dealings. The Manhattan District Attorney, Alvin Bragg, chose to pursue the unusual case after two previous sets of prosecutors declined to seek Trump’s indictment. Despite denying any wrongdoing and criticizing the investigation as politically motivated, Trump is expected to surrender to authorities in the coming week. Trump faces other potential legal challenges as he seeks to solidify his control over the Republican Party and fend off opposition to his presidential nomination from former allies. Plaintiffs in Atlanta are investigating his efforts to meddle in Georgia’s 2020 vote count, while the U.S. Justice Department Special Counsel is scrutinizing his storage of classified documents and attempts to overturn the election loss.

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