The Next Trump Indictment

Special Counsel Jack Smith in the federal sphere, or Fani Willis the D.A. in Fulton County, Georgia?

Gippolito Ndp

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Photo by Maria Thalassinou on Unsplash

In one of my February articles (February 10th), I suggested that Manhattan D.A. Alvin Bragg was looking likely to be the first to indict Donald Trump, and that the charges were likely to be more than just the Stormy Daniels’ hush money payment.

Then, in early April we learned that on March 30th the Manhattan grand jury had voted out a 34-count felony indictment of Trump. Here’s a little artwork from the D.A.’s press release of April 4th linked above:

Screenshot by author from Manhattan D.A. press release 4/4/23, accessed 4/18/23

The only thing that truly surprised me was the lack of a RICO (the New York statute is sometimes called “little RICO”) theory explicitly charged, which I was rather expecting.

Let’s talk about what criminal charges come next for Donald Trump and see if I can get it right again.

First, let me say right off that I fully anticipate Trump (and others) will be indicted for various crimes in both Georgia and federally. I believe it is only a matter of time.

So, which comes first?

Until last week, I would have said that Fani Willis, Fulton County D.A. was likely to come next after the Manhattan indictment. After all, back in a late January hearing, Ms. Willis stated that a charging decision was “imminent.”

Indeed, there was some reporting I briefly saw that two general grand juries (the kind that can vote out indictments) had been empaneled in March — and so I was expecting some news in April. But very recent (4/18) reporting indicates that Willis is still interviewing witnesses, at least pertinent to the fake elector scheme.

A Georgia indictment may still happen this month, of course, since I’m writing this only on April 18th.

But very recently there have been some developments that, in my view, suggest Jack Smith’s recommendation about the federal grand jury investigation may come very soon indeed.

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Gippolito Ndp

Dad, G-dad, veteran, semi-retired lawyer, archaeologist, writer