In an unprecedented development, former President Donald Trump was indicted this week by a Manhattan grand jury.
The Daily Wire reported on Thursday that Trump's felony indictment remains under seal and will be made public in the coming days.
According to Fox News, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has requested that the former president surrender himself and face arraignment.
"This evening we contacted Mr. Trump’s attorney to coordinate his surrender to the Manhattan D.A.’s Office for arraignment on a Supreme Court indictment, which remains under seal. Guidance will be provided when the arraignment date is selected," Fox News quoted a spokesperson for Bragg as saying.
The network cited a source close to Trump as saying that he will likely travel to New York and turn himself in next week, "most likely" on Tuesday.
Fox News noted that the charges relate to alleged hush money payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential election.
The Wall Street Journal also reported that Bragg is investigating another alleged payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal on the grounds that it establishes a pattern of behavior.
Fox News pointed out how those allegations were investigated by federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York, who opted not to bring criminal charges. The Federal Election Commission also dropped its investigation 2021.
For his part, Trump put out a statement on Thursday in which he accused Bragg of being motivated by partisan goals.
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"This is Political Persecution and Election Interference at the highest level in history," the former president complained.
"From the time I came down the golden escalator at Trump Tower, and even before I was sworn in as your President of the United States, the Radical Left Democrats- the enemy of the hard-working men and women of this Country- have been engaged in a Witch-Hunt to destroy the Make America Great Again movement," Trump went on to add.
Many conservatives agreed with that assessment, warning that Trump's indictment represents a dangerous politicization of the legal system.
They included Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who told his viewers that Bragg has thrown American politics "into complete chaos, perhaps permanently."