Donald Trump charged: what possible sentence for the former president of the United States?
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Justice has spoken: Donald Trump is accused in a case of buying the silence of a porn star for a large sum of money in 2016. What is the risk of the former president of the United States? Europe 1 interviewed Jean-Eric Branaa, specialist in the country of Uncle Sam.
This is a first in American history. A president has been criminally charged in New York. This Tuesday, Donald Trump must appear in court to explain himself in the case of buying the silence of a porn star, Stormy Daniels in 2016. Indeed, the businessman is accused of having given him $130,000 just before the 2016 presidential election to keep her from revealing their alleged affair.
What is Donald Trump risking? His sentence should be light. “At most, it will be four years in prison”, explains to Europe 1 Jean-Eric Branaa, specialist in the United States at the University of Paris-Panthéon-Assas. “But in the case of Donald Trump, we can imagine that there will be no prison since it would be a first time and that it would stop at a fine. As for the case of Stormy Daniels or of Karen McDougal, two cases of sexual origin with a payment which would have been paid, a bribe to silence the two protagonists. But the charges must be much heavier. All this remains to be clarified, what will be done over the weekend or by Monday at the latest, since we should know the charges before Donald Trump goes to New York to be notified of the official indictment.
The Republican ready to “fight”
Donald Trump intends to “fight” without restraint to have the lawsuits adopted by the New York courts annulled, his lawyer said on Friday. The ex-president should, according to American media, leave his residence in Florida on Monday to go to New York, his hometown. The former tenant of the White House, who dreams of winning it back in 2024, “was shocked” when he learned of his indictment on Thursday. “But he rolled up his sleeves and decided to fight,” added the lawyer, announcing his intention to file “immediately” appeals questioning the legality of the proceedings, the exact nature of which has not yet been made. public.