The Trump saga continues

Former United States president Donald Trump is escorted to a courtroom in New York after his arrest on April 4, 2023. [AP]

Donald Trump has returned to New York City, this time to face criminal charges. It's an odd opening for the next political chapter in his life. The former president may still face charges he mishandled classified documents after leaving the White House. Far more serious would be an indictment in the state of Georgia for pressuring local officials to help him steal that state's electoral votes in the 2020 election. The gravest possible criminal charge would be that Trump incited the January 6, 2021 riot at the US Capitol building to halt the legal transfer of power to Joe Biden.

Instead, Trump's latest legal saga opens with charges he paid a pornographic actress on the eve of the 2016 US presidential election to keep her quiet about a one-time sexual encounter between them, and then falsifying his campaign's financial records to cover his tracks. It's a case brought by a...

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