Grand Jury Votes to Indict Trump: Ex-President’s Odds of Prison Time Just Shot Up
Good morning from the Hive newsroom! Yesterday, Donald Trump made US history in becoming the first former president to ever be indicted in a criminal case. The charges, which were voted on by a Manhattan grand jury, culminate a yearslong investigation into hush money payments Trump made to Stormy Daniels, with whom he had an alleged affair, which Trump has denied. “While a conviction is in no way a sure thing, should he be found guilty,” writes Bess Levin, “Trump could go to prison for up to four years.”
Zooming out from Trump’s legal woes, Joe Pompeo has a fresh dispatch on the wilting world of podcasting, which is struggling with smaller budgets, fewer acquisitions, and less tempting contracts for creators. “It’s sad,” as one podcasting veteran tells Pompeo, “but this was a long time coming.”
Plus, Charlotte Klein unpacks Russia’s unprecedented arrest of a Wall Street Journal reporter, who’s been detained on suspicion of espionage.