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A High Schooler Attempts to Explain the Trump Indictments

The Important Details of Trump’s Indictments

Bradenton, FL-Donald J. Trump. America’s forty-fifth president, businessman, father of five and convicted criminal. Yes, you read that right, convicted criminal. President Trump served one term from 2016-2020. He was a notoriously controversial president but unfortunately this didn’t end with his term. Other than his seemingly constant media presence he became the subject of four criminal charges, one of which led to his eventual arrest. Now this is a lot, and each indictment is worded complicatedly nearly anywhere you look. So, what’s the important details? What exactly is our former president accused of?

His first charge was alleged back in March of this year. This involves an alleged “hush money” payment in 2016 to Stephanie Clifford, known by the name Stormy Daniels. He allegedly paid one hundred and thirty thousand dollars to keep her quiet regarding an alleged affair that happened ten years prior. Trump denies those accusations and is adamant that there was never any affair.

Indictment #1

He plead not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree and his trial is scheduled for March twenty fifth of next year though this may change if it overlaps with his many other trials. Former President Trump attempted to remove the judge of this trial, Judge Juan Merchan, on a bias claim. This request was denied, and the judge is set to remain the same.

Indictment #2

His second indictment is likely his most notorious, Mar-a-Lago. In this case, the former president was accused of keeping classified documents after his presidency and housing them in varying locations at The Mar-a-Lago Club, a resort and historical landmark owned by the former president since 1985. These documents were allegedly found in a ballroom, office, storage room, bathroom and Trump’s bedroom. He isn’t the only defendant in this case with Carlos De Oliveria a property manager and Walt Nauta, one of the former presidents aids also being accused.

Trump himself is accused of 32 counts of unlawful retention of national defense information along with eight other charges all of which he plead not guilty to and denied any wrongdoing. The trial is set for May of next year though the specific date hasn’t been selected yet.

Indictment #3

His third accusation is the infamous January sixth attack on the Capitol. The former president is accused of taking part in a scheme to interfere with the transfer of presidency after losing the 2020 election. Trump is accused of knowingly spreading falsities that eventually incited the event that happened on January 6, 2021.

He’s accused of one count of conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, one count of conspiracy against rights, one count of obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States. He plead not guilty, and the trial is scheduled for March fourth, 2024.

The final indictments our former president has is the one that ended with him being booked at Fulton County Jail, albeit released in under half an hour on a $200,000 bond. President Trump and eighteen other co-defendants allegedly violated Georgia’s RICO law (Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) by gathering an effort to prevent proper verification of Georgia’s 2020 election which Biden won.

This case was launched when a key recorded phone call was released that took place between Brad Raffensperger, the Georgian Secretary of State that took place on January second, 2021. He is accused of three counts of solicitation of violation of oath by public officer; two counts of conspiracy to commit false statements and writings; two counts of false statements and writings; two counts of conspiracy to commit forgery in the first degree. He denies all allegations.

Conclusion: Who knows at this point?

So, will our former president actually go to prison? The simple answer is if convicted yes, he could indeed serve jail time. This would make him the first president ever to serve jail time. Will President Trump be able to run? Yes, despite his looming trials and charges there is no law or amendment preventing him from running for the presidency even if in incarcerated. Will Trump be charged? There’s really no way of knowing. More than likely it will come down to the fine print and will become a battle of the technicalities.

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