WATCH LIVE: Trump holds first 2024 campaign rally in Texas as indictment fears loom

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FILE – President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally at the Knapp Center on the campus of Drake University, Jan. 30, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. As former President Donald Trump returns to Iowa on Monday, March 13, 2023, he and his team are aiming for a more disciplined approach. They are particularly focused on building the data and digital engagement he will need to convince Iowans to traipse through the cold and snow early next year to participate in the caucuses. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File) Evan Vucci/AP

WATCH LIVE: Trump holds first 2024 campaign rally in Texas as indictment fears loom

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Former President Donald Trump is set to host his first official campaign rally in Waco, Texas, on Saturday amid reports of looming indictment charges coming out of Manhattan related to a hush money case that emerged during his first presidential run in 2016.

Trump will address supporters at the Waco Regional Airport at 6 p.m. EST on Saturday, seeking to establish Texas as “Trump country” early on in the primary season before the GOP field gets too crowded. Trump’s campaign highlighted polling numbers coming out of the Lone Star state over the last few months that show Trump overcoming an early lead by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in January to lead the field by 16 points in March.

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The campaign event comes as Trump faces a possible indictment as soon as next week. If pressed with charges, it would mark the first time a former president has been indicted in U.S. history. It is not yet clear what charges Trump may face, but reports of a possible indictment emerged earlier this month after his former attorney Michael Cohen testified before the Manhattan grand jury.

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Cohen was convicted in 2018 after pleading guilty to paying two women who accused Trump of sexual affairs to be silent, including Stormy Daniels. As part of the scheme, Cohen paid Daniels $130,000 and was later reimbursed by the Trump Organization.

Manhattan prosecutors later opened an investigation into whether Trump falsified business records to list the reimbursement as a legal expense. Such a crime is a misdemeanor in New York but could be increased to a felony if Bragg’s office argues the fraud was intended to conceal a second crime.

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