President Donald Trump may face a felony charge in an upcoming indictment. The Associated Press reported that sources close to the investigation say Trump will be charged with at least one count of felony for his involvement in an illegal scheme to pay off a porn actress and a former Playboy model.
The scheme allegedly was orchestrated by Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, during the 2016 presidential campaign. Cohen pleaded guilty to eight criminal counts related to tax evasion, bank fraud, and campaign finance violations, including the hush-money payments made to the women.
Cohen is currently serving a three-year prison sentence, but his cooperation with the investigation has caused trouble for Trump, who has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
The indictment is expected to focus on the role Trump played in the scheme to influence the election outcome. Cohen has stated that he acted “at the direction of” Trump, who was then a candidate for president.
Trump’s legal team has repeatedly denied these allegations, arguing that the payments were not campaign-related and were made to protect Trump’s personal reputation.
If Trump is indicted, he will be the first sitting president to face a felony charge. Legal experts have suggested that such an indictment could lead to impeachment proceedings against the president.
The White House has not commented on the news of the potential indictment, but it is expected to cause a significant political turmoil in Washington.
The ongoing investigation into Trump’s involvement in the payments made to the women is just one of many legal problems facing the president. The investigation into Trump’s ties with Russia, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, has also led to multiple indictments and guilty pleas from Trump associates.
Despite the mounting legal troubles, Trump has remained steadfast in his denials of any wrongdoing. The upcoming indictment may provide the most significant challenge yet to his presidency.