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The end of a fateful day

DailyMail.com’s liveblog is coming to a close after reporting on all the fanfare outside Trump Tower Tuesday morning, the indictment and arraignment and Trump’s follow-up speech.

Trump rails against tsunami of probes into him

Former President Donald Trump lobbed repeated insults at Special Counsel Jack Smith during his angry speech at Mar-a-Lago hours after he was arrested and arraigned in New York – on a day Smith gained access to powerful testimony in his January 6 probe.

Smith, who also is heading a investigation into Trump’s election overturn effort as well as classified documents uncovered at Mar-a-Lago, has been blazing ahead on both fronts, and got a ruling from an appeals court panel that former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and others must appear to testify before a grand jury

The ongoing probes were clearly on Trump’s mind during the 25-minute speech – where DA Alvin Bragg’s new 34 count grand jury indictment for falsifying business records related to the Stormy Daniels payoff was  just one of the targets of Trump’s rage.

Trump calls indictment ‘massive election interference’

Trump called the indictment on Tuesday night ‘massive election interference on a scale we have never seen in this country.’

He said the United States is now a ‘failing nation,’ comparing it to the Soviet Union.

Trump suggests Bragg is the real criminal

Trump claimed in his speech that Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg is the real criminal.

He claimed that Bragg leaked grand jury information to the press.

And, he noted, that crime in New York City has increased under the DA.

Trump suggests Special Prosecutor Jack Smith changed his name

In a bizarre moment during his speech Tuesday night Trump suggested that Special Prosecutor Jack Smith changed his name.

Smith is investigating the former president handling of classified documents after leaving office.

Trump’s children file into Mar-a-Lago

Donald Trump‘s family and friends gathered at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday night, hours after his indictment, to hear him proclaim that his only ‘crime‘ was ‘fearlessly defending our country’, and claim the United States was ‘going to hell’.

His sons Don Jr and Eric and daughter Tiffany were in the audience, with their partners.

Notably absent was his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, who worked with Trump in the White House.

‘Our country is going to h***’ Trump says

In his remarks Tuesday night, Trump lambasted Democrats he said spied on his campaign back in 2016, as well as tech executives who banned him from Twitter.

He said that if federal officials investigated the Hunter Biden laptop, he would have won the 2020 election, noting: ‘Our country is going to h***.’

Trump added: ‘The only crime that I have committed is to fearlessly defend our nation from those who seek to destroy it.’

Trump prepares to speak at Mar-a-Lago

Former President Donald Trump is taking the stage at an event in Mar-a-Lago as he addresses the nation for the first time since his arraignment this morning.

He walked up to the stage to ‘God Bless the USA,’ and as he took the stage a crowd of supporters chanted ‘U-S-A, U-S-A.’


Trump took the stage at Mar-a-Lago to ‘God Bless the USA’

Trump releases statement

Taking to his Truth Social page Tuesday night, the former president said he was on his way back to Palm Beach, Florida.

‘The hearing was shocking to many in that they had no “surprises,” and therefore, no case,’ Trump wrote.

‘Virtually every legal pundit has said that there is no case here. There was nothing done illegally!’


Trump released a statement as he left for Florida

Judge’s daughter worked for Kamala Harris’ campaign

Speculation of political bias is heightening surrounding Donald Trump‘s indictment after it was revealed the daughter of the judge presiding over the case worked for Vice President Kamala Harris‘ 2020 presidential run and a slew of other progressive campaigns.

Trump railed against Judge Juan Manuel Merchan in a social media rant ahead of his arraignment on Tuesday afternoon with a post claiming the judge is from a ‘family of well known Trump haters.’

Loren Merchan, the 34-year-old daughter of the Manhattan judge, is partner and president of Authentic Campaigns, a progressive digital firm, and worked on several high-profile Democratic campaigns – including for President Joe Biden.

Organizers at Mar-a-Lago set up hundreds of gold-painted chairs ahead of Trump’s speech tonight

In preparation for Trump’s speech tonight, organizers at Mar-a-Lago have set up 400 to 500 gold-painted metal chairs with cushioned seats for guests, NBC News reported.

The chairs were arranged in a gold-and-cream colored ballroom with paneled-mirror walls and 16 chandeliers.

Trump is expected to land in Palm Beach this evening and schedule to speak around 8.15pm.

READ: Full, unsealed indictment and statement of fact that describe how Trump ‘falsified business records’

The unsealed 16-page statement of facts that accompanies the indictment against Trump describes how he allegedly falsified business records to cover up three unsavory stories in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

Trump has been charged with 34, felony E counts of falsifying business records for The Trump Organization.

The payments were to cover up three scandals – a hush money payment to Stormy Daniels, another of $150,000 to a second woman who said she’d slept with him, and a third of $30,000 to a Trump Tower doorman who said Trump had a love child.

Trump today pleaded not guilty to all 34 counts. He will return to court in December.

Neither the indictment nor the statement of facts describes precisely how Trump allegedly falsified documents himself.

The 34 counts all apply to alleged offenses in 2017, after Trump took office.

Bragg: ‘No matter who you are, we will not normalize criminal conduct’

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said in a press conference after Trump’s arraignment on Tuesday that, ‘no matter who you are, we cannot and will not normalize serious criminal conduct.’

Bragg detailed the 34 counts against Trump on Tuesday.

‘Under New York State law, it is a felony to falsify business records with intent to defraud and intent to conceal another crime. That is exactly what this case is about: 34 false statements made to cover up other crimes. These are felony crimes in New York state,’ he said.

Bragg said that Trump and others made hush payments to keep people quite who had negative information about Trump. 

One of those payments was made to porn star Stormy Daniels.

‘The participants’ scheme was illegal. The scheme violated New York election law, which makes it a crime to conspire to promote a candidacy by unlawful means,’ Bragg said. 

Bragg said that instead of listing the payment as a reimbursement to Michael Cohen for paying Daniels, Trump has claimed he was paying Cohen for what Bragg called ‘fictitious legal services.’


Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg speaks during a press conference following the arraignment of former U.S. President Donald Trump

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg holds news conference NOW

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is holding a news conference after former President Trump’s arraignment. 

Trump pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records as he faced a New York judge – and became the first President of the United states to be arraigned and charged with a crime.

The charges are related to a $30,000 payoff to a doorman who was trying to sell information about a child that Trump allegedly fathered out of wedlock; $150,000 to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, and a $130,000 payment to Daniels.

‘It’s not just about one payment,’ District Attorney Alvin Bragg said at a press conference after the hearing. ‘It is 34 business records. Uh 34 false statements and business records. They were concealing criminal conduct.’

All together the charges – falsifying business records in the first degree – carry a maximum sentence of more than 100 years in prison under New York law but, even if convicted on all charges, it’s unlikely Trump would be sentenced to that much time. Each charge is a low level felony that carries a maximum of four years in prison for each count.

There was no formal conspiracy charge but the state of facts released by prosecutors describes how Trump ‘orchestrated a scheme’ with others ‘to influence the 2016 presidential election by identifying and purchasing negative information about him to suppress its publication and benefit the Defendant’s electoral prospects.’ 

Former president boards Trump Force One bound for his Mar-a-Lago home

The former president has boarded Trump Force One at LaGuardia Airport in Queens and is headed back to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. 

Trump was silent as he entered and left the Manhattan courtroom earlier where plead not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records.

He was released on his own recognizance. He is expected to speak later at his Mar-a-Lago home around 8:15 pm ET. 

Trump’s attorney speaks after arraignment, says former president is ‘frustrated’ and ‘upset’

Trump’s attorney Todd Blanche spoke to reporters outside the courthouse after the arraignment and said, in regards to the charges, ‘we’re going to fight it, fight it hard.’

He added that his client is ‘frustrated’ and ‘upset.’

‘It’s not a good day … I don’t expect this to happen in this country. You don’t expect this to happen … to somebody who was the president of the United States,’ Blanche said.

Blanche also accused the prosecutor of turning a ‘completely political issue’ into a ‘political prosecution.’

He claimed the indictment ‘doesn’t allege any federal crime and state crime that’s been violated.’


Todd Blanche, defense attorney for former President Donald Trump, leaves Manhattan criminal court

Next hearing for Trump is set for December 4

Former President Trump is scheduled for an in-person hearing on December 4 in New York.

These are the 34 charges against Trump

The indictment against former President Donald Trump has been unsealed and is available to read HERE.

Trump pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records and became the first President of the United states to be arraigned and charged with a crime.

‘Not guilty,’ Trump said when asked how he pleaded. 

All together the charges – falsifying business records in the first degree – carry a maximum sentence of more than 100 years in prison under New York law but, even if convicted on all charges, it’s unlikely Trump would be sentenced to that much time.

There will be no gag order for Trump

Prosecutor Chris Connolly did not ask for a gag order but did address what he called threatening communications from Trump, pointing to the former president’s post predicting ‘death & destruction.’

Judge Juan Merchan said he would not issue a gag order to prevent Trump or his attorneys from speaking publicly about the case.

Trump will be allowed to continuing posting on his social media platform as he pleases.


Former U.S. President Donald Trump appears in court

Trump leaves the courtroom after his arraignment on Tuesday

Trump has left the courtroom after his arraignment in the Manhattan courthouse on Tuesday. 

He was escorted out without talking to the press just before 3.30pm.

A reporter yelled, ‘President Trump, how did you plead?’

He ignored the question.

Now, the former president is on his way back to LaGuardia Airport and will fly back to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. 

The presidential portraits you never thought you’d see: Somber Trump pictured in court as he pleads not guilty to 34 counts

Trump’s lawyers insist there is no need for a mugshot since his face is the most recognizable in the world.

But former President Donald Trump was understandably yet uncharacteristically somber as he entered the courtroom today to face felony criminal charges.

Throughout the historic day in New York City, his expression wavered from triumphant (fist pumping for fans outside Trump Tower) to trepidatious (as he arrived at the Manhattan Criminal Court).

Inside, his spirits seemed to dip further. 

As he emerged from having his fingerprints taken and rights read aloud, he looked positively outraged by the proceedings. 

Sat inside at the defense table, the 76-year-old was hunched over with curiosity. He pleaded not guilty to all 34 counts. 

As the case moves forward, these are the portraits of a former president on an unprecedented day in American history. 


Trump emerges from Trump Tower this afternoon to greet fans before heading to the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse in a waiting SUV


Trump waved to photographers as he arrived at the courthouse. He was still yet to learn the full scope of the charges


Trump was escorted into the courthouse by Secret Service agents. The entire city was on tenterhooks as the arraignment loomed


After having his rights read aloud and his fingerprints taken, a more startled-looking Trump enters the courtroom to face the judge


Trump sits at the defense table with his team, including attorney Joe Tacopina (right). He pleaded not guilty to all 34 charges

‘I like being under my sexy man instead of under arrest’: Gloating Stormy Daniels posts VERY NSFW tweet after Trump’s arrest

Porn star Stormy Daniels has posted a salacious tweet gloating about Donald Trump’s arrest, as the former U.S. president made history pleading not guilty as he stood before a Manhattan court to be indicted.

Daniels tweeted comments more frequently heard on a porn set ending the post with: ‘It’s definitely more fun being under my sexy man instead of under arrest.’

Trump, 76, surrendered voluntarily and was placed under arrest before a judge read the charges against him – as he sat alongside his defense attorneys in a packed courtroom.

He faces multiple counts, including felony charges, tied to a hush money payment made to Daniels in the final days of his presidential campaign in 2016.

Trump pleads not guilty to all 34 counts in Manhattan courtroom

Trump pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records as he faced a New York judge on Tuesday. 

Trump became the first President of the United states to be arraigned and charged with a crime.

Photos show Trump, 76, sitting alongside his defense team in the Manhattan court room with a stony-faced look for the unprecedented hearing in the Stormy Daniels hush money case.

The indictment was unsealed in Tuesday proceedings before Judge Juan Merchan. The specific charges have been under seal since he was indicted on Thursday – a historical first.


Photos show Trump, 76, sitting alongside his defense team in the Manhattan court room with a stony-faced look for the unprecedented hearing in the Stormy Daniels hush money case.

Stony-faced former Trump sits in courtroom for historic arraignment

A stony-faced former President Trump is seen sitting in court for his arraignment after being fingerprinted and processed at the New York Criminal Court Tuesday afternoon.

Video cameras are not allowed in the hearing, but still photos will be released. 

He had his lawyer Joe Tacopino with him, along with aides Jason Miller and Boris Epshteyn. 

Trump was indicted by a Manhattan grand jury but the charges have remained under seal.


Former President Donald Trump sits at the defense table with his defense team in a Manhattan court, Tuesday, April 4, 2023, in New York. Trump is set to appear in a New York City courtroom on charges related to falsifying business records in a hush money investigation, the first president ever to be charged with a crime. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Trump glumly walks into courtroom for arraignment after snubbing reporter’s questions

A glum-looking Trump ignored the media as they shouted out his name and questions while he made his way from the Manhattan DA’s office a short distance away to the courtroom for his arraignment.

While a reporter could be heard beckoning the ex-president over to journalists, Trump silently walked by them with a scowl on his face.

He had his lawyer Joe Tacopina with him, along with aides Jason Miller and Boris Epshteyn.


Former President Donald Trump ignores reporter’s questions as he slumps into the courtroom on Tuesday


Trump walks into his arraignment at Manhattan Criminal Court

Former President Trump’s arraignment is now underway

Trump is now in the courtroom and his arraignment is underway.

The former president followed his attorneys from the DA’s office and into the nearby courtroom in the same building in front of a crowd of media and security.

As reporters called out his name, he glanced over for a brief second but ignored the questions and glumly walked into the courtroom. 

Trump exits DA’s office following processing

Trump has exited the DA’s office after he was processed ahead of arraignment. 

He will now be arraignment in a courtroom, which is in the same building. 

Sen Schumer says protests must remain peaceful

As the country awaits Trump’s arraignment, Sen Chuck Schumer tweeted that he believes Trump will have a fair trial. 

‘I believe that Donald Trump will have a fair trial that follows the facts and the law. There’s no place in our justice system for any outside influence or intimidation in the legal process. As the trial proceeds, protest is an American right, but all protests must be peaceful.’

I believe that Donald Trump will have a fair trial that follows the facts and the law. There’s no place in our justice system for any outside influence or intimidation in the legal process. As the trial proceeds, protest is an American right, but all protests must be peaceful.

— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) April 4, 2023

Manhattan DA Bragg exits his office ahead of Trump’s arraignment

The Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has exited the DA’s office ahead of Trump’s arraignment.

He is now in the courtroom, along with his staff. 

Trump and his team are scheduled to join them shortly.

Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller tweets photos of motorcade while en route to courthouse

Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller tweeted photos of Donald Trump’s motorcade while they were departing Trump Tower on its way to the courthouse.

Trump has been in processing for several minutes now and is expected to be arraigned at 2.15.

‘WOW, they are going to ARREST ME’: Trump posts on way to arraignment

As Trump traveled with his motorcade from Trump Tower to Lower Manhattan to be arraigned on Tuesday, he posted to his Truth Social platform. 

‘Heading to Lower Manhattan, the Courthouse. Seems so SURREAL — WOW, they are going to ARREST ME. Can’t believe this is happening in America. MAGA!’

Trump departed Trump Tower, where he had spent most of the day in his 26th floor office, and gave a fist bump before getting in his motorcade to make the drive to court.

Once he entered the building he was officially under arrest. 

BREAKING: Former US President Trump arrives at Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and is now under arrest

The former president has arrived at the Manhattan DA’s office at the courthouse in Lower Manhattan where he will now be placed under arrest an din police custody. 

Trump is expected to be fingerprinted but it is not clear if his mugshot will be taken. He is not expected to be handcuffed.

He will then be taken to a courtroom to be arraigned before the judge. 

Trump pumps fist in the air as he leaves Trump Tower to face judge

Former president Trump gave a fist pump as he left Trump Tower on his way to be arraigned on Tuesday afternoon. 

His motorcade, which is traveling down the FDR on Manhattan’s East Side, is being led by the NYPD’s Highway Patrol, which is also bringing up the rear.

In between are several U.S. Secret Service vehicles, two limousines and several staff cars.


Former U.S. President Donald Trump departs from Trump Tower

Trump to leave Trump Tower any minute for Manhattan courthouse

There is movement at Trump Tower as Trump is to leave any minute and head to the Manhattan DA’s office to surrender.

The former president was expected to leave around 11am but it is now 1pm. 

Sen. Marco Rubio said ‘today is a bad day and we’re going to regret it’

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., posted a video to Twitte less about an hour before Trump’s arraignment said ‘today is a bad day for all of us.’

He wrote: ‘Today is a bad day for all of us & we are all going to regret it for a very long time.’

Rubio called the charges against Trump ‘ridiculous.’

‘Today, American politics crosses a line that it’s never going to come back from,’ he said.

‘After today, every prosecutor in America that wants to make a name for themselves now is going to have permission to basically go after someone in the other party.’

All employees names taken off Manhattan DA’s website

All employees names have been taken off the Manhattan DA’s website ahead of Trump’s arraignment on Tuesday.

Trump will say one line before entering the courtroom, his advisers say

Trump plans to say one line before he enters the courtroom in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday when he arrives.

His advisers say it’s believed he will save his speech for tonight, but also note that he go off on his own and say more than they encourage.

Rep. George Santos makes a surprise appearance outside courthouse, tells Trump to ‘stay strong’

Rep. George Santos made a surprise appearance outside the Manhattan District Attorney’s office in Lower Manhattan ahead of Trump’s arraignment on Tuesday.

His message for Trump was to ‘stay strong.’

The disgraced congressman left quickly blaming the media for the chaos.


New York Republican Congressman George Santos arrives at Manhattan Court, where New York police tightened security measures on Tuesday

MTG leaves after protesters scream ‘Nazi’ and ‘go back to Georgia b****’

Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene was drowned out as she tried to speak in a park opposite the courthouse by anti-Trump protesters screaming ‘Nazi’ and ‘go back to Georgia b****’.

Rep Greene tried to address the crowd with a megaphone while standing on a bench to show support for Trump.

She said the case was a ‘travesty’ and that it should ‘never happen in America ever’. Rep Greene said that if Trump could be prosecuted then ‘American should be concerned’.

But she could barely be heard over screams from the crowd of ‘go back to Georgia you fucking b****!’

One male protester screamed: ‘F*** you, you white trash Nazi

‘We don’t like Nazis in New York!’

Another man told her to ‘get out of our f****** city’ and ‘shove your Jewish space lasers up your a**’, a reference to a controversial remark Rep Greene has made.

A few of Rep Greene’s supporters shouted ‘we love you’ but after speaking for just five minutes she left.


Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., speaks at protest held in Collect Pond Park across the street from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office in New York

Trump supporter hands whistles, drowns out MTG

A Trump supporter handed out whistles outside the courthouse on Tuesday and told everyone to make noise.

‘Make a noise, make a noise, everybody is about to get us,’ he told NBC News.

He was asked if he worried about drowning out MTG, he replied: ‘We’re here to make noise. They have to hear us. This is not the place to come and speak.’

Kind of a fascinating development. The reason you can’t hear Marjorie Taylor Greene, and why this whole thing is off the rails, is because a man has been handing out free whistles.

I talked to him. Turns out he’s a Trump supporter and he had no idea MTG was even here. pic.twitter.com/0RJqdyw7H5

— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) April 4, 2023

MTG arrives at chaotic scene at courthouse, and then leaves

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene arrived at the courthouse in Lower Manhattan but then left after only a few minutes. 

She had planned to join protests nearby against Trump’s indictment. 


U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) speaks outside Manhattan Criminal Courthouse on the day of former U.S. President Donald Trump’s planned court appearance

Trump expected to arrive at DA’s office in a limo

The former president is expected to arrived at Bragg’s office in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday morning by limousine, the New York Times reported. 

It’s likely he’ll enter from a side street at 1 Hogan Place.

Crowds and throngs of media are already in place around the criminal courts building, but Trump’s security detail could put up a tent when he exits his limo and enters the building. 

Trump will then be processed and fingerprinted.  

Trump says case should be moved to Staten Island in order for it to be ‘fair’

Rep. Matt Gaetz tweets ‘FREE DONALD TRUMP’

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., tweeted ‘FREE DONALD TRUMP,’ just ahead of his close ally’s arraignment.

Gaetz is expected to be Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday night when Trump makes his speech.

FREE DONALD TRUMP!

— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) April 4, 2023

‘You’re on the wrong side!’ Trump fan throws herself anti-Trump flag

Shortly before 9.30am, a Trump fan threw herself at an anti-Trump flag, tearing it from the fence where it had been hanging.

She was met with angry resistance from the protesters who’d erected it, and a scrappy back-and-forth ensued.

‘You’re on the wrong side!’ yelled the anti-Trump crowd, referring to the two sections that have been set up for demonstrators by the NYPD.

‘Shut up you old bag of bones!’ the Trump fan retorted.

Trump sends out ‘last email before my arrest’

An email was sent out from the former president at 9:41am Tuesday morning with the subject line ‘My last email before my arrest.’

Trump is expected to be arraignment in a Manhattan courthouse just after 11am.

It reads: 

Patriot,

Today, we mourn the loss of justice in America.

Today is the day that a ruling political party ARRESTS its leading opponent for having committed NO CRIME.

As I will be out of commission for the next few hours, I want to take this moment to THANK YOU for all of your support.

I am blown away by all of the donations, support, and prayers we have received.

It’s sad to see what’s happening – not for myself – but for our country.

This is not the America you and I once knew.

Our nation is becoming a Marxist Third World country that CRIMINALIZES dissent and IMPRISONS its political opposition.

But do NOT lose hope in America, Patriot!

We are a nation that declared its independence from the world’s biggest empire, won two world wars, and landed the first man on the moon. Resilience is in our blood.

Our movement has overcome so much. And there is no doubt in my mind that we will prevail once again and WIN the White House in 2024.

Thank you again for all of your support. I love you all!

Sincerely,

Your favorite President, Donald J. Trump.

Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg arrives at his Manhattan office for Trump arraignment; DA’s Office announces Bragg will speak after hearing

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has arrived at his office in downtown Manhattan for Trump’s arraignment.

Bragg’s office announced that the district attorney will hold a press conference at 3:45 this afternoon following the hearing. 

Trump is expected to arrive at 11am where the 76-year-old is then expected to have his fingerprints taken but will likely avoid the humiliation of having to pose for a mugshot, according to reports last night.

Trump will be ushered into the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse, which is inside the same building as Bragg’s office, for the landmark arraignment hearing.


Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg arrives at his Manhattan office for Trump arraignment

Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene tweets about being in New York to protest Trump’s arraignment

Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene has tweeted about being in New York to protest Trump’s  arraignment.

‘I’m here in NY to protest with my voice against the weaponization of the justice system on innocent President Trump, but the counter protestors are coming to commit assault that can cause audible damage to everyone’s ears including NYPD.

But Mayor Adams warns me by name!

If counter protestors are violating freedom of speech and committing assault, they should be arrested.’

It comes a day after Mayor Eric Adams warned MTG to be on her ‘best behavior.’

I’m here in NY to protest with my voice against the weaponization of the justice system on innocent President Trump, but the counter protestors are coming to commit assault that can cause audible damage to everyone’s ears including NYPD.
But Mayor Adams warns me by name!
If… pic.twitter.com/zt9wKr5Twt

— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) April 4, 2023

Trump expected to speak at courthouse before and after his arraignment

Trump is expected to speak to cameras outside of the Manhattan courtroom before and after his arraignment, one of Trump’s lawyers revealed this morning to CNN. 

Chris Kise said he met with Trump at Trump Tower last night. 

‘The president is resilient, upbeat, and is as determined as ever to fight off drivers of injustice,’ Kise said.

Donald Trump’s team claims campaign fundraising has soared by $8million since indictment was announced

Fundraising for Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign jumped by more than $8million in the four days following the announcement of his indictment on Thursday, his senior adviser has claimed.

Jason Miller, a member of Trump’s entourage masterminding the campaign, tweeted his boss had raised $7million across Friday, Saturday and Sunday on Monday evening.

He later claimed in the early hours of Tuesday morning that another $1.1million had been raised on Monday.

Trump’s arraignment will not be broadcast after judge bans video cameras from courtroom

The former president’s historic arraignment will not be broadcast today after New York Supreme Court Judge Juan Merchan banned video cameras in the courtroom.

However, he will allow five pool photographers to snap pictures before the proceedings begin ‘until such time as they are directed to vacate the jury box by court personnel.’

‘That this indictment involves a matter of monumental significance cannot possibly be disputed. Never in the history of the United States has a sitting or past President been indicted on criminal charges. Mr. Trump’s arraignment has generated unparalleled public interest and media attention,’ he wrote.

‘The populace rightly hungers for the most accurate and current information available. To suggest otherwise would be disingenuous.’

Here’s how Trump’s date with history will play out

10.30am – Trump’s unprecedented journey will begin when he departs his Trump Tower penthouse in Midtown Manhattan – closely guarded by his Secret Service detail

11am – Arrive at District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office downtown

11.10am – The 76-year-old is then expected to have his fingerprints taken but will likely avoid the humiliation of having to pose for a mugshot, according to reports last night.

2.15pm – Trump will be ushered into the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse, which is inside the same building as Bragg’s office, for the landmark arraignment hearing

3pm – Motorcade will escort Trump back to LaGuardia and he will fly on his private jet back to Mar-a-Lago, his resort in Palm Beach, Florida

8.15pm – Trump will give an address from Mar-a-Lago

Trump’s attorney Joe Tacopina ‘guarantees there will be no guilty plea’

Trump’s attorney Joe Tacopina appeared on Good Morning America this morning where he said there there will be no guilty plea in this case. 

‘One thing I can assure you, there will be no guilty plea in this case. That is one thing I will guarantee you,’ he told George Stephanopoulos.

‘We know the basis of the indictment and the factual allegations in the indictment,’ Tacopina said, adding Trump would maintain his innocence.

Tacopina appeared to predict the case would ultimately be dismissed.

‘I don´t think this case is going to see a juror,’ he said. ‘I think there´s a legal challenge that will be made and should be made successfully.’

NYC holds its breath in anticipation of unrest between pro and anti-Trump protesters

Pro and anti-Donald Trump protesters are expected to line the streets of the Big Apple today as the former president prepares to surrender to face criminal charges stemming from 2016 hush money payments.

Trump’s journey to his arraignment will begin when he departs his Trump Tower penthouse in Midtown Manhattan at around 10.30am – closely guarded by his Secret Service detail – for an 11am arrival at District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office downtown.

New York police are braced for protests along the streets from Trump Tower to the DA’s office, with thousands of cops on standby in case violence breaks out. Barricades are lining the roads to hem in Trump supporters in particular, who share the former president’s belief that the New York grand jury indictment is politically motivated and intends to weaken his bid to retake the White House in 2024.

Trump demands that Alvin Bragg resign for ‘illegally leaking’ details of indictment

A furious Donald Trump erupted on Monday night after details of his indictment were leaked ‘illegally’ – and he demanded Manhattan’s district attorney resign as a result.

Trump, who is staying at Trump Tower in New York City ahead of today’s historic arraignment, called for DA Alvin Bragg to prosecute himself after he allegedly handed the indictment plans to Yahoo journalist Michael Isikoff.

The new report claims that Trump will face a total of 34 felonies.

Some of the indictment’s contents were previously known, but Trump used it as a vehicle to once again blast the historic criminal charges that required him to fly to his former hometown to surrender to authorities.

Donald Trump arraignment day: How the former president’s date with history will play out

A new chapter in American history will be written today when Donald Trump becomes the first former US president to appear in court facing criminal charges.

Trump’s unprecedented journey will begin when he departs his Trump Tower penthouse in Midtown Manhattan at around 10.30am – closely guarded by his Secret Service detail – for an 11am arrival at District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office downtown. 

Once inside and away from the glare of the world’s media, the 76-year-old is expected to have his fingerprints taken but will likely avoid the humiliation of having to pose for a mugshot, according to reports last night. 

Trump will be ushered into the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse, which is inside the same building as Bragg’s office, for the landmark arraignment hearing.

All the while, law enforcement officials will be praying that the inevitable swell of protesters outside – a mixture of MAGA fans and anti-Trump activists – remain peaceful. A huge security operation will be underway, with thousands of NYPD cops on standby in case violence breaks out.

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