President Biden has stated that he has “no comment” on the indictment of former President Donald Trump. The latter was indicted by a Manhattan grand jury on Thursday after a long investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
President Biden was asked if he believes that the charges against Trump were politically motivated, to which he replied that he has no comment on the matter.
The charges against Trump are related to hush money payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal. These payments were made leading up to the 2016 presidential election.
Both Fox News and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York had investigated these payments. Federal prosecutors had opted out of charging Trump related to the Stormy Daniels payment in 2019, even as his former attorney, Michael Cohen, implicated him as part of his plea deal. The Federal Election Commission also closed its investigation into the matter in 2021.
Trump reacted to the indictment by saying that the move to charge a former president of the United States will “backfire” on President Biden. He also criticized Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg for his “obsession” with trying to “get Trump.”
The charges against Trump are part of a special counsel investigation into his alleged improper retention of classified records from his presidency at his Mar-a-Lago home. The FBI raided Trump’s private residence at Mar-a-Lago in August 2021, in connection with this investigation.