Former President Trump’s legal troubles continue mounting as he is possibly facing charges over the hush money payment that he made during his 2016 presidential campaign. These legal troubles could potentially affect his 2024 GOP presidential primary run.
In an interview, Trump disclosed in an interview that he is going to be proceeding with his 2024 presidential campaign even if indicted. In a post on Truth Social last Thursday he also stated that he was undeterred in the face of possible criminal charges.
However, if Trump does face an indictment in New York, it could end up hurting his chances with many Republican voters and leaders who would prefer to see the party move on to a new candidate that does not come with as much baggage.
Alex Conant, who previously worked on Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) 2016 campaign has said that it is too early for us to determine what the political impact of an indictment would be for Trump. However, he did add that it would be “hard to see” how these legal troubles could work positively for Trump, stating that “at a minimum” they would act as a distraction from Trump’s campaign and it will “remind a lot of voters about the chaos that they really disliked during his administration.”
On Thursday, a report by The New York Times stated that the Manhattan district attorney’s office had scheduled a grand jury to hear the testimony of Trump’s lawyers regarding the hush money payment made to adult film star Stormy Daniels in exchange for keeping her affair with Trump quiet during the 2016 campaign.