Law enforcement officials are preparing for a possible indictment against former President Donald Trump in the hush money case.
NBC News has learned exclusively that local, state, and federal law enforcement are preparing for a possible indictment as early as next week.
The investigation centers on a $130,000 payment made by Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, to adult film actress Stormy Daniels before the 2016 campaign.
Cohen says he made the payment at Trump’s direction to keep Daniels quiet about an alleged affair.
Trump denies the affair and says he relied on his lawyer’s advice.
The legal question is whether the documentation of that payment on the books of the Trump organization violated the law.
If indicted, Trump would be the first former president in U.S history to face criminal charges.
Meanwhile, a federal judge has partially granted prosecutors’ requests to force Trump lawyer Evan Corcoran to testify before a grand jury about the former president’s possession of sensitive material.
The investigation is ongoing, and Trump’s lawyer says the former president will follow normal procedures if he has to surrender to authorities.