What does Donald Trump's indictment statement on Truth Social show us?

Emre Çitak
Mar 31, 2023

Ex-president Donald Trump has been voted to be indicted On Thursday, March 30, 2023, by the New York grand jury because of his alleged involvement with 44 years old adult film star, Stormy Daniels.

Donald Trump has been talking about his indictment for some time on the Truth Social media platform stating that the ''Witch-Hunt'' will backfire on current president Joe Biden.

Quote on quote, he wrote on his Truth Social account:

''These Thugs and Radical Left Monsters have just INDICATED the 45th President of United States of America, and the leading Republican Candidate, by far, for the 2023 Nomination for President. THIS IS AN ATTACK ON OUR COUNTRY THE LIKES OF WHICH HAS NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE. IT IS LIKEWISE A CONTINUING ATTACK ON OUR ONCE FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS. THE USA IS NOW A THIRD WORLD NATION, A NATION IN SERIOUS DECLINE. SO SAD!''

Sources report that a Manhattan grand jury has indicted former US President Donald Trump on more than 30 counts of business fraud, making him the first current or former president in US history to face criminal charges. The charges are not yet public as the indictment was filed under seal.

The background of Donal Trump's indictment

Donald Trump faces over 30 counts of business fraud in the indictment, which remains under seal. The investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney's office started while Trump was still serving as President and focuses on a payment of $130,000 made by Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen to adult film star Stormy Daniels just days before the 2016 presidential election.

The payment was reportedly made to prevent adult film star Stormy Daniels from publicly discussing an alleged affair with Trump, which he denies.

Can Donald Trump run for president now?

According to UCLA law professor Richard Hasen, there is no legal prohibition preventing Donald Trump from running for office even if he is indicted or convicted of a crime. The US Constitution only requires that candidates be natural-born citizens, at least 35 years old, and a resident of the US for at least 14 years.

The indictment is not an obstacle to Trump's candidacy in the 2024 elections

While it may be more challenging for an indicted candidate to win votes and present themselves favorably during a trial, it is not prohibited for them to run or be elected.

Trump is expected to appear in court for his arraignment on Tuesday.

Donald Trump's attorney said he will not accept a plea deal

Donald Trump's attorney, Joe Tacopina, has stated that the former president will not accept a plea deal in the case brought against him by a Manhattan grand jury, but plans to file significant legal challenges against the indictment.

Donald Trump's lawyer Tacopina also confirmed that Trump will voluntarily surrender to law enforcement in Manhattan and will not "hole up in Mar-a-Lago".

Joe Tacopina did not disclose the nature or number of charges against Donald Trump, but suggested that the charges may have been made for each transaction, payment, or entry. Trump's other attorney, Jim Trusty, stated that the defense team plans to file motions to dismiss the indictment before a trial begins. Joe Tacopina also suggested that the charges might be unsealed on Tuesday.


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  1. David said on April 2, 2023 at 3:09 pm

    While it is true that ghacks is a tech site, you can’t ignore the outside world. I would like to see ghacks brave enough to look at the abuses of far-right social media — not just “Truth” Social, Parler, Gab, Telegram, and now Twitter. Unfortunately, this article does not look at Truth Social, merely quotes from it. Now to the congrats — congrats to ghacks for improving the Apple world content. I imagine a few readers will be annoyed because they came here for the extreme Windows focus ghacks used to have. But times change.

  2. Old Timer said on April 1, 2023 at 6:44 pm

    This person believes in this and the other that, It’s ALL a mess to me. We live in a world today, if that you can’t make friends hardly anymore. Back in the old’en days, as you would walk into a store, and someone was walking out, you could say, hi, how are you today? strike up a conversion, and just might make a friend?

    Now days you look at someone, and if they think you are looking at the in the wrong way, your lucking, if you don’t end up in a court room with papers in your hand?

  3. Anonymous said on April 1, 2023 at 5:46 pm

    Please no politics!
    This site should be politics free unless it directly collides with computer/networking/et al tech!

  4. Kalmly said on April 1, 2023 at 4:11 pm

    gHACKS has been the ONE site where I have not had to see political articles and b.s. I despise what has happened to this website recently. I miss the informative comments that used to be posted. I miss the articles on browsers and software and operating systems. Now I have to dig for them, and nobody is adding their own tips. As Trump would say, sad.

  5. Anonymous said on April 1, 2023 at 9:51 am

    Like everyone else I came here to read the comments rather than this article. Soon there won’t be anymore commenters. Most articles on here now have 0 comments.

  6. Russ said on April 1, 2023 at 5:43 am

    What happened to the ghacks everyone knew and loved? Now just another supermarket tabloid?

  7. Dennis said on April 1, 2023 at 4:03 am

    This site is not a place for politics!

  8. Nine of Seven said on March 31, 2023 at 10:40 pm

    I read all this Trump crapshow earlier today on MSM…why is it also on Ghacks? And no I don’t want a ‘miscellaneous’ category, nor do I care about black holes, planets, toast that looks like a Jimmy Kimmel, etc. on GHACKS.

  9. Ben said on March 31, 2023 at 9:42 pm

    Why would you ruin this site with politics – shame on you!

  10. Steinfass said on March 31, 2023 at 9:39 pm

    Ghacks ought to consider rebranding as CNNhacks. An abundance of political echo chambers already exists, and if Ghacks desires to align itself with CNN, I will no longer be a visitor to the site!

  11. John G. said on March 31, 2023 at 9:30 pm

    I am astonished about how things are going here at Ghacks. I got some time ago some unexpected troubles due two innoncent comments about certain things barely related with some kind of political questions (i.e. feminism), and those comments were hardly censored with no mercy at all… and now… I am in front of an article about Trump! What’s going on here? At least it’s not an article by Shaun, that will make this situation still more unconfortable for me, I dislike so much his censorship. :[

  12. Roger W. said on March 31, 2023 at 9:22 pm

    Like what everyone else said, politics is a very slippery slope. Stay off it Martin, if you still have a say in Ghacks. Just a suggestion.

  13. Jim said on March 31, 2023 at 9:04 pm

    And the kicker is; I’ve gleaned more useful info from reader comments than has ever been presented by ghacks authors.

  14. Jim said on March 31, 2023 at 8:56 pm

    Careful, your ignorant bias is showing.

    Any more of this kinda crap and I’m done with ghacks.

  15. boris said on March 31, 2023 at 8:06 pm

    On the language side, “Truth Social” is an oxymoron. When was the list time anybody posted truth on social networks?

  16. Tom Hawack said on March 31, 2023 at 7:20 pm

    The problem with Ghacks nowdays is not that there are less interesting, valuable technology-related articles than before, the problem is that there is trash proportionally to the rising number of new authors’ articles, which didn’t occur before. In over ten, perhaps twelve years or more I don’t recall any article slipping out of the scope of technology nor anyone complaining as it appears more and more frequently. I have no idea of who decides of what, I know Martin is no longer the big boss and if I didn’t know it I could guess by the number of short, quickly written, often off technology topic which appear here since.

    Whatever is published here, please, anything but politics. To fill up the ‘MISC’ category which appears in the navigation bar many topics are available … astrology, extra-terrestrial life, diet, physical fitness, you name it but, PLEASE, NO POLITICS AND NO RELIGION. Haven’t seen religious topics yet, but just in case … Thanks.

    1. owl said on April 2, 2023 at 5:12 am

      Ghacks has also fallen.
      However, there is nothing good about information and news on the Internet.
      They are serious because “insults, slurs, discrimination and human rights violations, illegality and obstruction, unintelligible changes, intolerance and exclusion” are published and spread, quickly becoming contaminated, making normalization impossible and causing confrontation and division, which is a real problem.

      As the Gresham’s law,
      “the more valuable commodity will gradually disappear from circulation.”
      In other words, just as good money disappears from circulation and bad money circulates, bad object are chosen over good object.

      What I have realized is that news and reporting should be done by Correspondents and journalists with “sufficient academic knowledge and skills” as it should be kept in the public and public interest, and traditional newspapers and news organizations with abundant such personnel have the advantage of the day. I ignore both social networking sites and information (news reports) on the Internet. I trust traditional newspapers and news organizations.

      After all, it is clear that the Internet (cyber technology) and AI are only virtual, they can never replace the real world.

      I have been a user of digital technology since its pioneer days (at my place of work and personal use), but I have come back to the universal value that “nothing is better than nature (ecosystems)”.
      Therefore, I will transition to a digital detox lifestyle and live in harmony with nature (ecosystems). We take an interest in the things around us and emphasize knowing, learning, and cherishing the wonders of the world.

      Taking an interest in politics is important, but that is elsewhere.
      Firstly, it is important to improve our own morals and try not to harm others or the environment.

      1. Tom Hawack said on April 2, 2023 at 1:04 pm

        @owl, I don’t know if this response will be pertinent but your comment triggers several thoughts here.

        You mention as i see it three topics : Ghacks specifically, the digital world, perspectives.

        – Has Ghacks fallen? Maybe it has, or has it stumbled? I read many comments which seem to analyze the “new” Ghacks as if it was overtaken by articles in no way comparable in quality and pertinence as to what we have know in the past. I don’t think articles of the past have vanished, we still read Martin, Ashwin, Turcottes, it’s only that they are now accompanied by others which may be arguable in terms of quality and pertinence by some of us. The horse may be bridled but it isn’t drugged.

        – The digital world. I partially agree with your analysis but doubtful with your conclusions when you write that “news and reporting should be done by Correspondents and journalists with “sufficient academic knowledge and skills” as it should be kept in the public and public interest”. I believe none of our aspirations, those for honesty, authenticity, truth may be conceivable and furthermore achieved without respect due to freedom, mine as that of others, freedom of expression, freedom of speech, not to mention that the freedom of others is the condition to improve or rectify my very convictions : freedom IMO, in my hierarchy, my pyramid of values and principles is at the very top or rather, given my faith, in position #2, and that means before humanism, before justice … because none of the latter may be achieved without FREEDOM. IMHO of course.

        – Perspectives, ours of course. How do we deal with the digital world and specifically how do we deal with a digital world which deceives us, some of us, you and I certainly? That is so personal isn’t it, as our very analysis of this digital area is. So I’ll have to share thoughts as you’ve shared yours. I know one thing which is that deceptions, revolt often lead to bitterness and bitterness often leads to radicalism : I’m sorry, many here have expressed their refusal for political articles me included, but I have to slightly include a lite political allusion to carry my comment : radicalism happens to be not only the aspiration of extremists but as well the temptation of idealists, and if the former inspire disgust the latter inspire sadness as far as I’m concerned. I cannot imagine building my thoughts and life on the basis of a quest for truth, honesty, authenticity which would exclude whoever, whatever contrariety to my beliefs, that would be as i see it incoherent, paradoxical. I have friends who believe and say it repeatedly that society is the culprit of all our worries, bothers, dramas. I have to disagree with that ; in my view “society” is not a supra-human entity because we are all one of its components : WE are the society. What does this mean in practice? I think it means that you don’t change the world by trying to change others but my changing, improving yourself, or at least by behaving in a way which is conform to your vision of honesty.

        – Perspectives, and then? You write, and I quote given I deeply understand : “Therefore, I will transition to a digital detox lifestyle and live in harmony with nature (ecosystems). We take an interest in the things around us and emphasize knowing, learning, and cherishing the wonders of the world.”. I understand because I regularly go through the same “life-plan” but have yet managed to establish it concretely : maybe am I addicted? Or maybe do I more or less consciously perceive such an horizon as throwing the baby out with the bath water? I think that above all I am reluctant to narrow my own life around a maybe valuable principle but a principle which makes abstraction of reality. I remember having discovered the existence in the States of private estates enforced as a military base, where you identify yourself to enter, filled with good and honest people who are fed up with burglars and all of the sort : I still prefer a jungle life to that sort of sectarian imprisonment.

        The world is ours, never theirs only.

      2. owl said on April 3, 2023 at 3:11 pm

        Dear @Tom Hawack,

        I am pleased to have your comments because your comments are always thought-provoking and thought-provoking because of your intelligence, backed by your education, yet not neglecting empirical considerations and deep insights that are both subjective and objective.

        I will add a supplementary explanation (IMO) for the words and phrases you mentioned.

        – Has Ghacks fallen? Maybe it has, or has it stumbled?
        My (and my family’s) lifestyle of digital detox started several years ago, when I was tired of working and out of necessity to have time to rest my body and mind.
        In any case, we consciously imposed a digital detox when at home (set meal times and bedtimes, enhance family discourse time, and assign only those free hours to the Web).
        For the past six months, it has been power on iPad’s for AirPlay function (connect to a network audio player and output from an audio amplifier) in order to listen to my favorite “Classic FM”.
        I don’t even turn on my Windows machine anymore, and I am enjoying the real world, reading newspapers and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazine, observing nature, visiting museums and parks, and socializing at home parties, which were my old routine.
        Because of this current situation, I have not looked at the Web in a long time, and perhaps that is why I am disappointed with the current state of “Ghacks topics”. Certainly, the articles by Martin and Ashwin are as good quality as before. Yet, new authors are being added, and all of their articles are “contentless” and empty. Even though Ghacks has editorial control and authors are allowed free rein, it would be detrimental to Ghacks’ social standing if the articles were a jumble of wheat and tares.

        – The digital world.
        Based on the principle of equality before the law,
        Everyone (regardless of age, sex, or intelligence) should be free and respected as an individual and must be guaranteed basic human rights.
        In the real world, things would be corrected through mutual communication (e.g., discussions) and “weeded out in the process of propagation,” but on the Web, things are propagated around the world instantly and straightforwardly, and cannot be converged as in the real world.
        It has also increased rather than curbed the fanatical follies of the likes of Trump and Putin. The Web was supposed to bring the world into the public eye and preserve justice, but we are presented with the exact opposite mechanism.

        – Perspectives, ours of course. How do we deal with the digital world…
        I have always felt that the “five senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell” are the most important functions for living organisms. That is why I prefer real experiences to virtual ones whenever possible, and I am greatly intrigued by the unknown.
        And, history too, so.
        Life is more fleeting than you might think, and opportunities to learn are finite.
        As for educational materials to learn about the diversity of the world,
        I feel that libraries, books, and “public, traditional mass media” are by have the upper hand.
        What is important is that you should not neglect to collect diverse materials by yourself, analyze, digest, and examine them on your own.
        What is the current state of the Web?
        It has become a medium for “justification” rather than a means for learning about diversity, and perhaps because it is a digital (binary) medium, it is devoted to “good and evil dualism. Perhaps it is because people who were not taken seriously in the real world can find a comfortable place on the Web, but their irresponsible words and actions have become a negative cycle that generates sympathizers on a global scale.

        – Perspectives, and then?
        Since the birth of life on earth, “ecosystems” have been formed through biodiversity and evolution, and this continues to the present day. The essence of “instinct” equipped in living organisms is “strategy for survival.
        I see all organisms, not just humans, as destined to “Eliminating or killing, establish a territory, cooperate, or Adapt to the environment.” for the purpose of survival.
        In short, ecosystems (evolution) is a system that has been “acquired by those who have overcome many hardships and survived. The same is true of human birth (the number of sperm at the time of ejaculation is usually about 100-400 million. Only a few thousand to a few hundred thousand make it to the uterus, and only a few dozen to a few hundred can reach the egg during ovulation, …) such most of them die. Ecosystems are maintained because of the numerous deaths. In the shadow of survival, there is a multitude of heartlessness.
        Ecosystems are dynamic and complex interactive entities…and they are not kept in balance, the life forms that inhabiting the earth would collapse.
        Sadly, human presence threatens the survival of diverse “species,” and human production and living activities degrade the air, water, soil, and other environments, exacerbating environmental destruction, resource depletion, and conflict caused by the population explosion.

        The world belongs to “ecosystems” and never only to “humans”.

      3. Tom Hawack said on April 3, 2023 at 5:07 pm

        @owl, kind words are always appreciated. My education at home has been spiritualist, net exaggeratedly religious, not at all political. From there on respect is a guide, love, compassion an aspiration. I’ve developed throughout several decades more of a “how to be” than of a “how to know” : I’m ignorant on many domains and when it comes to intelligence mine is rather that of intuition (be it ever a form of intelligence) than of formal IQ calculated within formatted protocols. Also I’ve always spent much too much time under the authorities of what I call in French “Les 3 E : Émotion, Émerveillement, Enthousiasme” (“The 3 E : Emotion, Wonderment, Enthusiasm”) ; day dreamers may live happily but not sure they be that productive.

        Back to our interesting dialog, to your authenticity, descriptions, decisions. All lead to question ourselves about our own paths in life, digital more precisely and what we do about our own answers : not sure we are always coherent when our thoughts reveal a clash with our lives.

        Indeed, it appears you have decided to adopt a “digital detox lifestyle and live in harmony with nature”, not as a lonely aspiration but as a reality. I read what this already brings you (back). Sigh : I admit that excessive time spent on the Web has driven me away from many occupations which were mine before it all started (Year 2000 here), healthy occupations for both the mind and body, another tempo. And now? I couldn’t and wouldn’t definitely operate a U-turn on my traveling throughout the digital world, but I could and should find a balance between the best of two worlds as i see them : move the body from the computer chair towards landscapes, move the mind from electronic facsimiles to life’s authenticity. At this time I consider that what I dislike in the digital world is more what is being done of it than itself, that there are positive aspects. In French we say that “un défaut est souvent l’éxagération d’une qualité” (“a defect is often the exaggeration of a quality”) : I’ve never disapproved the digital arena, the Web, computed data as such, I’m only sorry that it happens IMO to borough perhaps too often ways i disagree with : I feel a planetary hysteria fed by companies which ride too quickly, by masses who follow too blindly.

        You mention eco-systems. I wouldn’t oppose them to mankind considering mankind is only a special branch (like they say in Intelligence agencies) of life. A very special branch, the most advanced which should entitle mankind to be aware of its responsibilities : more you know, greater is your power and more both should serve others before yourself. I agree with that. I happen to be stirred with misanthropy before shaking myself to such falls to absurdity : we all are able of the best as of the worse. Above all : I cannot conceive any decision which would be in opposition with the world minus myself, and that world is before all 3 billion human beings.

        Eco-systems is a thick topic leading to many sub-topics, many. That could lead us excessively off-topic I’m afraid.
        Always a pleasure to read you, owl.

    2. John G. said on March 31, 2023 at 9:33 pm

      Hi again @Tom Hawack, nice to meet you on this friday evening! I wonder if someone is expecting some comments wishing all the best to Trump, just to apply the hard censorship. xD
      I agree you 100%, your clever advices should be followed straight ahead. +1000

  17. RJ said on March 31, 2023 at 6:52 pm

    Why are we reading political stuff, not to mention one sided opinions on politics?
    This garbage will cause some to stop reading here, myself included.

  18. txtim said on March 31, 2023 at 6:08 pm

    this is the last time I open this site

  19. joe said on March 31, 2023 at 5:12 pm

    i come here for tech, not politics.

  20. Eons said on March 31, 2023 at 4:38 pm

    Agree. There is no reason to post things like this.

  21. B-User said on March 31, 2023 at 4:21 pm

    Please don’t get into politics.

  22. Sunkast said on March 31, 2023 at 4:19 pm

    I will stop reading this site if articles like this that are political and are unrelated to tech news continue to be posted. The lack of politics based articles is one of the reasons I prefer Ghacks over other tech news web sites.

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