UPDATE: Multiple media outlets reported Wednesday that the grand jury vote that could potentially lead to an indictment for former President Trump was called off.
The Daily Mail reported Tuesday that a source has said former President Donald Trump will be indicted on misdemeanor charges Wednesday, but he will not be arraigned until next week.
As of Tuesday evening, American outlets had yet to confirm the scoop, but Daily Mail reported the following:
“Donald Trump will likely be indicted on Wednesday but won’t appear before a judge in New York until next week, DailyMail.com has learned.
“‘There will be no arraignment this week,’ a source familiar with the proceedings told DailyMail.com exclusively on Tuesday.
“The former president, who is currently in Florida, is expected to be formally charged tomorrow, after which the Manhattan District Attorney’s office will reach out to Trump and his Secret Service detail to make arrangements for his surrender, according to the insider.“
The indictment would mark the first time a former president has ever been charged with a crime.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg Jr. is said to be investigating Trump over “hush money” payments the former president allegedly made to Stormy Daniels following an affair. The allegation is that Trump improperly used campaign funds to make the payment, which would be a misdemeanor.
Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels or making the payments.
One of Bragg’s first initiatives as DA was to establish a policy of not prosecuting certain crimes or downgrading felony charges to misdemeanor charges.
The case against Trump is broadly viewed as a politically motivated bid to impair the former president’s 2024 campaign for president.