"Events often seem inevitable in hindsight. The indictment of former US
President Donald Trump on criminal charges has been a possibility since the
start of his presidency – arguably, since close to the beginning of his career
in New York real estate.
But until now, the potential consequences of such a cataclysmic development in
American politics have been purely theoretical.
Today, after much build-up in the media, The New York Times
reported that a
Manhattan grand jury has voted to indict Trump and the Manhattan district
attorney will now likely attempt to negotiate Trump’s surrender.
The indictment stems from a criminal investigation by the district attorney’s
office into “hush money” payments made to the adult film star Stormy Daniels
(through Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen), and whether they contravened
Trump also faces a swathe of other criminal investigations and civil suits,
some of which may also result in state or federal charges. As he pursues
another run for the presidency, Trump could simultaneously be dealing with
multiple criminal cases and all the court appearances and frenzied media
attention that will come with that.
These investigations and possible charges won’t prevent Trump from running, or
even serving as president again (though, as with everything in the US legal
system, it’s complicated).
But what will the political fallout be – will his indictment hurt Trump, or
help him? And what does it mean for American democracy?"
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics