Former President Donald Trump was arraigned Tuesday in a Manhattan courtroom for a lengthy felony indictment that includes 34 counts of falsifying business records. As expected, Trump pleaded not guilty. During the dramatic hour-long court proceeding, Trump was given two stern warnings by New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan: to behave himself both online and in the courtroom, and to not become disruptive in the courtroom. Trump was warned by the judge that if he failed to follow these rules, his trial could go ahead without him. Additionally, prosecutors discussed the case against Trump and warned him not to take any documents he reviews during the trial off the premises.
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Christopher Conroy is an Assistant District Attorney in the office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. Bragg served as the 20th District Attorney for New York County and is currently serves as the Chief Deputy to New York City Public Advocate. Conroy is the prosecutor in the case against former President Donald Trump. He argued during the arraignment that Trump had an “unlawful plan” to identify and suppress negative information against him during the 2016 Presidential Election, as well as a “covert and illegal” $130,000 payment made at his direction.