Former US President Donald Trump took aim at Hunter Biden following his indictment on criminal charges over ‘hush money’ payments to Stormy Daniels in 2016.
Trump vents frustrations on Truth Social platform
Trump spent hours posting on his social media platform, Truth Social, through the night and into the early hours of the morning. He railed against the “corrupt” charges against him, claiming he can’t get a fair trial in New York, and took aim at Joe Biden’s son Hunter.
In a post, Trump asked, “WHERE’S HUNTER?” questioning why he has been charged while Hunter has not.
Trump has long been critical of Hunter and his father, Joe Biden.
Indictment ‘Fake, Corrupt and Disgraceful’
Hunter has been under federal investigation since 2018 for tax payments, and the Republican-led House has made him a focus of their probes since Republicans took control in January.
As well as hitting out at Hunter, Trump fumed about the grand jury indictment, branding it “Fake, Corrupt, and Disgraceful.”
“They only brought this Fake, Corrupt, and Disgraceful Charge against me because I stand with the American People, and they know that I cannot get a fair trial in New York!” he wrote.
The former president also re-shared the statements of some of his GOP allies who came out in support of him after news of the grand jury vote broke. He shared posts from supporters, including Matt Gaetz and Kari Lake.
The Trump indictment
On Thursday, 30 March, a Manhattan grand jury voted to indict Trump on criminal charges over hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels, just days before the 2016 presidential election.
This makes Trump the first current or former president ever to face criminal charges in the history of the US. It is currently unclear exactly what the charges are, but multiple reports say that Trump is facing more than 30 counts of business-related fraud.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg released a statement confirming that his office has been in touch with Trump’s attorneys over the former president’s surrender.
“This evening, we contacted Mr Trump’s attorney to coordinate his surrender to the Manhattan DA’s Office for arraignment on a Supreme Court indictment, which remains under seal. Guidance will be provided when the arraignment date is selected,” he said.
The indictment is said to have caught Trump off guard. While the former president’s team had been planning for an indictment in recent weeks – and going on a media blitz on the matter – the grand jury was not expected to be meeting on the case this past week and was expected to take a scheduled break for several weeks.
But following last week’s grand jury vote, Trump’s attorney Joe Tacopina said the former president would surrender to New York authorities. Two officials told NBC News that Trump is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday, with a tentative hearing time set for 2.15 PM. This is, however, subject to change.
Manhattan prosecutors have been investigating whether Trump falsified the Trump Organization’s business records when his former lawyer and “fixer,” Michael Cohen, paid $130,000 to Ms. Daniels days before the 2016 election.
Prosecutors claim that the money was used to silence Ms. Daniels about her alleged affair with Trump. The former president has long denied having an affair with the adult film star.