For the First Time, a Former U.S. President Has Been Indicted on Criminal Charges

From a New York Times story by Peter Baker headlined “A President Faces Prosecution, and a Democracy Is Tested”:

For the first time in American history, a former president of the United States has been indicted on criminal charges. It is worth pausing to repeat that: An American president has been indicted for a crime for the first time in history.

So many unthinkable firsts have occurred since Donald J. Trump was elected to the White House in 2016, so many inviolable lines have been crossed, so many unimaginable events have shocked the world, that it is easy to lose sight of just how astonishing this particular moment really is.