Former President Donald Trump has been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury on charges related to hush money payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016. The indictment was approved by the grand jury, and it is expected that Mr. Trump will turn himself in to New York authorities on Tuesday.
Prominent Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Whip John Thune, have remained silent on the charges. However, House GOP leaders have condemned the news and promised Congressional oversight efforts.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has not yet reacted to the news of the charges against Mr. Trump, while former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan – a longtime foe of Mr. Trump – has also yet to comment.
Eric Trump criticized the indictment against his father, calling it a "mockery" of the justice system and highlighting what he sees as differences in treatment between his family and First Son Hunter Biden before thanking supporters for their actions over recent days.
The indictment centers around hush money payments made by Mr. Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen shortly before the 2016 presidential election aimed at keeping Ms. Daniels from publicly discussing an alleged affair with then-candidate Trump.
Mr.Trump's legal team is expected to fight these charges vigorously - adding another layer of complexity as they seek redress both through criminal proceedings and any civil cases that may be brought forth later down line.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said in a statement Monday that “no one should be above accountability,” adding: “This action by New York prosecutors underscores how critical our ongoing investigation into this matter remains.”
It remains unclear whether or not other individuals will face charges related to these allegations moving forward but many are watching carefully as this story continues develop over time.