Trump faces 34 criminal charges

Source: Politico | April 4, 2023 | Kyle Cheney and Erica Orden

It is the first time a current or former president has been arrested on criminal charges.

NEW YORK – Former President Donald Trump pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 34 charges of “falsifying business records” connected to his alleged role in a hush money payment made to a porn star.

Trump, the first former president ever indicted, delivered his plea in a courtroom here just hours after turning himself in to authorities in the Manhattan district attorney’s office, accompanied by U.S. Secret Service agents and his lawyers.

The proceedings are expected to trigger a frenzied legal battle by Trump and his team to derail the case against him, which will unfold as he mounts a renewed bid for the White House in 2024.

Trump declined to answer questions before stepping into the courtroom, striding stone-faced through the crowded courthouse hallways, flanked by a significant NYPD and Secret Service contingent. He sat at a table in the courtroom alongside attorneys Todd Blanche, Susan Necheles, Joe Tacopina and Boris Epshteyn. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg was present for the proceeding as well.

Although it’s the first time a former president has ever faced criminal charges, it may not be the last: At least three other criminal probes are circling around Trump. In Georgia, a district attorney is investigating Trump’s attempt to subvert that state’s results in the 2020 election, and in Washington D.C. a special counsel is investigating his role in attempting to derail the transfer of presidential power, as well as his handling of national security secrets after leaving office.


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