The piece from Just Security’ s …..Gretchen Knaut, Norman L. Eisen, McKenzie Carrier, Vicka Heidt, Greg Phea and Madison Gee….
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is nearing what could be the first criminal indictment of a former U.S. president in history. In what may be the initial shoe to drop in a possible ongoing larger financial investigation, Bragg has zeroed in on a set of activities that occurred in the course of the 2016 presidential campaign. The DA is reportedly assessing the criminal violations that may have occurred when Trump’s team paid two women to stay silent about alleged affairs with the then-presidential candidate. We have constructed a chronology of events involving these alleged “hush money payments.”
We rely upon court filings, contemporaneous media reports, and extracts from a Pulitzer Prize-winning team’s account of the events, The Fixers. Key individuals include Trump’s former lawyer and personal “fixer,” Michael Cohen; the former Chairman and CEO of American Media Inc., David Pecker; the two women paid to remain silent, Stephanie Clifford (aka “Stormy Daniels”) and Karen McDougal. Many of the individuals involved have reportedlyappeared before Bragg’s grand jury this year, as noted in the latter portion of the chronology. Their involvement in the ongoing proceedings suggests that an eventual Trump indictment may track the events described herein, lending this work further significance.
We will continue monitoring the Manhattan investigation as it unfolds and update this chronology accordingly….
Bill of particulars is here.
Manhattan DA provides Trump list of predicate crimes in hush money case, including:
NY Election Law § 17-152
NY Tax Law §§ 1801(a)(3) & 1802
NY Penal Law §§ 175.05 & 175.10
Federal Election Campaign Act, 52 USC §30101 et seq