New analysis points out the 5 critical questions to be answered if Trump faces indictment

New analysis points out the 5 critical questions to be answered if Trump faces indictment
Former President Donald Trump in July 2022 (Gage Skidmore)

As former President Donald Trump continues to press forward with his 2024 presidential campaign, there is one issue that threatens his chances of political progress: a looming indictment from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.

Now, a new analysis from The Hill's Niall Stanage is explaining what could possibly happen if an indictment is really handed down.

Stanage raised a total of five questions. He began by asking, "What’s the likely impact on Trump’s presidential campaign?"

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Answering that question, he wrote, "An indictment could spark a rallying around Trump from conservative voters who are receptive to the former president’s complaints that he is being unfairly targeted."

He later added, "Such a move would, at the very least, complicate Trump’s campaign significantly. GOP critics would argue it is the perfect illustration of how Trump brings just too much chaos in his wake."

Stanage also noted how Trump's political opponents could react to his indictment as he noted Trump's biggest threat, thus far: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).

"A Trump indictment would be a challenge for Trump’s GOP rivals, as well as himself," he wrote. "Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) — the biggest threat to Trump if he enters the presidential race — was excoriated by Trump allies when he responded to initial news of the likely indictment with a lengthy silence."

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So what happens next? Stanage concluded with his prediction.

"It’spossible the grand jury will decline to indict Trump," he wrote. "But if it does indict him, the former president will presumably make arrangements to surrender to authorities rather than face the indignity of being seized. A police station would be the most likely location for such a surrender. Trump would almost certainly be fingerprinted and photographed — an image that would instantly ricochet around the world."

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