Mr. Smith answers: Trump’s arrest and indictment



Mr. Smith answers questions about the indictment of former U.S. President Donald Trump’s on April 4, 2023.

Blaney Rowe, Reporter

Why was Trump arrested?

Because he was charged with 34 counts of falsifying documents in the furtherance of a crime. … He is separately under investigation for election tampering and encouraging the rioters.


What led up to the arrest?

Technically speaking, he was indicted by a grand jury so that meant that the police had to arrest him in order to be brought to court. In 2015 [and] 2016, there is a lot of evidence that Trump paid off an [adult film actress], Stormy Daniels, in order to get her to sign a nondisclosure agreement [NDA] to not talk about the fact that he had slept with her. If he did this in order to achieve a campaign aim that would be something that would need to be disclosed on campaign forms. People are saying he falsified the records to explain where the money came from.


Should Trump have been arrested?

The law should be applied to all people equally.


How will Trump prove his case? 

It’s going to be awfully hard to prove. His defense will most likely be that Trump paid [so that] his wife not to find out about Stormy Daniels, which is not a crime. The other side will have to prove that Trump paid Stormy Daniels to sign an NDA in order to help his campaign, which will be very difficult to do.


What will happen if Trump is convicted?

This is a first-time offense and a class E felony in New York, so Trump will most likely just get probation.


Was Trump’s arrest preventable?

It’s preventable in the fact that Trump was engaged in behavior many would find unethical. Any arrest is preventable.