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Former President Donald Trump Arrested for Falsifying Business Records

On April 4, 45th Former United States President Donald Trump made history as the first United States President to be charged and arrested for a crime. According to the article, Trump was arrested today. Here are the key takeaways. published on April 4, Trump was arrested for falsifying business records to cover up other crimes. 


     These other crimes include 34 felony counts of “falsifying New York business records through a [‘]catch and kill[‘] scheme designed to conceal damaging information and unlawful activity before the 2016 election.” 


     What is a “catch and kill scheme”? According to the article, What Is A ‘Catch And Kill’ Scheme? Explaining The Charges In Trump’s Arraignment published on April 4, a catch and kill scheme is  “[...] a process where a person or entity looks for potentially negative stories and then buys the rights to the story without ever intending to publish it.” 


     Who bought the catch and kill scheme’s story? According the article, Donald Trump pleads not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records published on April 4, “The investigation stemmed from a hush money payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential campaign.” 


     “Hush money” refers to the act of paying someone, be that a person, corporation, etc. money to stay silent about an illegal act or inappropriate behavior committed by the party offering money.  


     As with any former President, Trump has had many supporters and detractors, both of which were present outside the New York courthouse during his arraignment (An “arraignment” is when someone is brought before a court house to answer a criminal charge). 


     As the article, Trump backers, detractors face off outside New York courthouse published on April 4, states, the number of Trump’s detractors present at the courthouse outnumbered his supporters. Although there was commotion from both sides that was punctuated by the sound of “drums, cowbells, whistles, and horns”, no serious harm came to or from either crowd. 


     Trump’s arrest has also sparked debate over handcuffs. Unlike most arrested citizens, the former President was not handcuffed during his arrest. According to the article, Trump's Arrest Sparks Debate About Handcuffs published on April 4, some wonder if Trump is receiving preferential treatment. 


      Depending on how Trump’s arrest and next year’s election goes, this may not be the only time the former President makes history. It also may not be the only time he will get into legal trouble. As stated in the article, Donald Trump announces a White House bid for 2024 | CNN Politics published on November 16, 2022, he expressed plans to  “[...] become only the second commander-in-chief ever elected to two nonconsecutive terms [...]”. He has also expressed a desire to run for President again in the 2024 election, but this arrest may put a dent in those plans.


     Something else that could prevent Trump from running for President again is the 14th amendment. The Capitol siege on January 6, 2021, an event where hundreds of Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S Capitol building in response to President Joe Biden’s certification into office, has provoked lawmakers to attempt to prevent Trump from running again. 


     The 14th amendment states that anyone born or naturalized in the United States is granted citizenship, or is considered a United States citizen. But, the amendment also blocks anyone from holding office who, among other things, has “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” against the United States. 


     However, the amendment may not be able to be enacted because, as the article How the 14th Amendment Could Be Used to Bar Trump From Running in 2024 published on November 16, 2022, it is uncertain who the amendment applies to; “While it lists senators, representatives, and electors as positions from which a person could be barred, the presidency is not explicitly named.” 


     Trump’s next hearing is scheduled for December 4, 2023. 


Edited By: Mary May


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