When asked for a comment on the indictment of former President Donald Trump, President Biden declined to comment. The indictment came after a long investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office into hush money payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal leading up to the 2016 presidential election.
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. Attorney General Merrick Garland later appointed Jack Smith as special counsel to take over that investigation, and the Justice Department’s investigation into the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, specifically whether Trump or other officials and entities interfered with the peaceful transfer of power following the 2020 presidential election, including the certification of the Electoral College vote on Jan. 6, 2021.
Trump has reacted to the indictment by criticizing Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg for his “obsession” with trying to “get Trump.” He also warned that the move to charge a former president of the United States will “backfire” on President Biden.