President Donald J. Trump’s father, Fred Trump, pleaded guilty Thursday to felony homicide in 2016 for his role in a fatal stabbing of his son, Corey Booker, according to a U.S. attorney’s office.
Trump Jr. was charged in June 2016 with a federal felony of obstruction of justice and the same federal charge that resulted in the indictment of his father in the death of Booker.
In the plea agreement, prosecutors described the attack as an “unlawful act of violence,” and said that Trump Jr. used “fear and intimidation to commit the crime.”
He also pleaded guilty to lying to a federal grand jury in connection with the indictment, according the indictment.
Donald Trump Jr., second from left, and his father Fred Trump at Trump Tower on Sept. 25, 2019, in New York.
(Photo: Spencer Platt, Getty Images)The indictment charges that Trump Sr. and his wife, Ivanka, attempted to cover up the fact that Donald Trump Jr had received threatening emails that Booker had sent to him in the days leading up to the killing.
The charges say the emails were sent before the Nov. 4, 2016, stabbing.
Trump Sr. has said that his son was killed after Booker attacked him with a knife and his mother, who was with him at the time, tried to intervene.
Booker, a 24-year-old University of North Carolina student, was found dead in his dorm room on Nov. 16, 2016.
His parents have said the killing was an accident.
Trump has said his son did not know Booker and did not mean to kill him.
Bookers father, who has said he did not witness the stabbing, told the Associated Press on Thursday that he has a lot of questions about what happened.
Donald Jr. has previously said that he did nothing wrong.
Fred Trump has also said that the charges against him are “not what they say it is.”
Fred Trump said Thursday that his father did not have to plead guilty because his actions were “out of character,” and that he “was not responsible for the death.”
The Trump family is under investigation for several matters related to their son’s death.