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Donald Trump Appears In Court To Be Charged And Have Mug Shot Taken

Donald Trump appears in court to be charged and have mug shot taken as he makes history becoming the first sitting or former president to do so. The charges stem from a 2016 hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, although the specific charges have not been disclosed yet.

Cecilia Jones
Apr 05, 20231 Shares205 Views
Donald Trump appears in court to be charged and have mug shot taken as hemakes history becoming the first sitting or former president to do so. The charges stem from a 2016 hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, although the specific charges have not been disclosed yet. Trump has continuously maintained his innocence and is expected to plead not guilty.
Trump's arraignment was planned for 2:15 p.m. and was likely to be brief, with one of his lawyers stating, "It won't be a long day in court." Legal experts say that any trial is at least more than a year away.
Despite facing criminal charges, being indicted or even convicted does not legally prevent Trump from running for president. He remains a frontrunner for the 2024 Republican nomination, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Monday.
While Trump has drawn tens of thousands of fervent supporters to rallies across the country, it was unclear how many would travel to his heavily Democratic hometown of New York City, where the arraignment took place and automobile travel is difficult.
The Manhattan District Attorney, Alvin Bragg, a Democrat who led the investigation, is set to give a news conference after the arraignment. Trump and his allies have portrayed the case as politically motivated, and Bragg has faced harsh criticism and bomb threats in recent weeks.
Trump's legal team tried to keep photographers out of the courtroom, arguing they would worsen "an already almost circus-like atmosphere." However, five photographers were admitted to the courtroom before the arraignment started to take pictures for several minutes.
Some Trump supporters and detractors gathered outside the courthouse ahead of the arraignment amid tight security. Mayor Eric Adams warned potential rabble-rousers to behave, stating, "Our message is clear and simple: Control yourselves. New York City is our home, not a playground for your misplaced anger."

Trump In Court, To Be Charged, Finger-Printed, Have Mug Shot Taken

Trump hired Todd Blanche, a prominent criminal defense lawyer and former federal prosecutor, to join his legal team. He also faces a separate criminal probe into whether he unlawfully tried to overturn his 2020 election defeat in the state of Georgia, and investigations by the Justice Department into the election and his handling of classified documents after leaving office.
Despite the charges, Trump's lead has widened over rivals in the Republican Party's presidential nominating contest, according to the Reuters/Ipsos poll. Second-place Florida Governor Ron DeSantis fell from 30% to around 19%.

Divided Opinions On Trump's Charges

The case has divided people in New York, where Trump's name is emblazoned on buildings related to his business ventures. "It's a terrific day. I hope it goes well and that he is eventually found guilty," said New Jersey resident Robert Hoatson, 71, outside Trump Tower, where Trump stayed on Monday.
On the other hand, Susan Miller said she hoped the show of support would "give him a little strength" and claimed, "He's honest as the day is long."
The charges against Trump have sparked a heated debate, with some calling it a long overdue reckoning for the former president's alleged wrongdoing, while others see it as a politically motivated attack on a popular Republican figure.
Regardless of one's political leanings, there is no denying that this is a historic moment in American politics. Never before has a sitting or former president faced criminal charges, and the outcome of this case could have far-reaching implications for the country's future.
Despite the gravity of the situation, Trump appears to be taking it all in stride. He has continued to maintain his innocence and has even used the charges to rally his base and raise funds for his campaign.
As he heads back to his Florida resort to deliver remarks, it remains to be seen how this will all play out. Will Trump be found guilty and face the consequences of his actions, or will he emerge victorious and continue to be a major force in American politics for years to come?

Conclusion

One thing is certain - this is just the beginning of a long and complex legal battle that will have major implications for the future of the country. As Americans look ahead to the 2024 presidential election, the outcome of this case could very well determine who will lead the country for the next four years.
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