On Tuesday, former US President Donald Trump is to make history when he surrenders to criminal charges stemming from 2016 hush money payments. This makes Trump the first former president to ever face criminal charges. New York police are braced for protesters and supporters of the Republican former president, but the booking and arraignment is predicted to be brief. Trump is expected to have his mug shot taken and plead not guilty. Though the charges are criminal, it will not prevent Trump from running for office in 2024.
Alvin Bragg, New York’s district attorney, will be presenting the indictment to the grand jury. Trump and his lawyers will get their first look at the charges against him upon entering the courtroom. These could include felony charges of falsification of business records. After the arraignment, Trump will be released and will return to his Palm Beach, Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago.
Despite the indictment, Trump has continued to rally support, denying any wrong-doing and insisting the investigations were politically motivated. His remarks were further amplified when he falsely accused the judge in the case of disliking him. This false claim was refuted by his lawyer.
Trump is scheduled to hold a rally in Palm Beach, Florida Tuesday evening in order to keep his candidacy for 2024 alive. This decision has caused worries amongst the New York Police Department, though no violence is expected to occur.
The investigation into Trump revolves around payments made to porn actor Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal. Both state they had sexual encounters with Trump before he got into politics, though Trump denies any sexual liaison with them and the payments made.
The arraignment of Donald Trump marks a momentous day in history. This event has brought the spotlight sharply back onto Trump and the investigations, revolving around the actions he made while in office. It also underscores the importance of the rule of law, for no matter a person’s rank or power or popularity, equal justice serves as an important part of the American society.
This event has also seen a rally from different ends of a political spectrum. Republicans like Trump’s pollster John McLaughlin have praised the former president for his strength and dignity and well as urging him to win in 2024. Meanwhile, Democrat Joe Biden, the current president, has not publicly expressed a stance on the indictment against Trump.
The company mentioned in this article is Mar-a-Lago, which is Donald Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida estate. The Mar-a-Lago estate was founded by cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and was built between 1924 and 1927. Donald Trump bought the estate in 1985, and it is currently a resort and private club with a golf course, a spa, and two guesthouses. Trump famously holds political meetings and conducts business at the estate and has used it for various political events.
The person mentioned in this article is John McLaughlin, who is a political consultant, pollster, and Republican. He has worked on many high-profile campaigns, including the American Presidential election of 2000 and has been the personal pollster and campaign advisor for Donald Trump since 2014.