Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday for his arraignment related to hush money paid to a porn star before the 2016 election. This makes Trump the first former U.S. president to face criminal charges.
The 30 charges included in the grand jury indictment have not been disclosed. Trump’s lawyers have stated that he will plead not guilty.
Trump is set to fly from Florida to New York City today with security tightening in Manhattan in preparation for his trial. He’ll be arraigned, fingerprinted, and photographed at the downtown Manhattan Courthouse.
The specific judge in charge of the case is Justice Juan Merchan, who also presided over a criminal trial last year in which Trump’s real estate company was convicted of tax fraud. Trump himself was not charged in that case.
Once he’s arraigned, Trump will return to Florida and deliver remarks at his Mar-a-Lago estate at 8:15 p.m. New York police have barricades around Trump Tower and the courthouse downtown. The judge will decide whether to allow cameras and video into the courtroom.
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