Donald Trump, a former president of the United States, has traveled from Florida to New York City for his planned hearing in connection with a hush-money payment made to an adult film star prior to the 2016 presidential election.
At the central Manhattan courtroom on Tuesday, Trump—the first past president to be charged with a crime—is anticipated to be fingerprinted, photographed, and officially given the charges.
On Monday afternoon, his aircraft touched down at LaGuardia Airport in New York.
“I’m traveling to New York. THEN MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” Before departing on Monday, Trump, who is vying for president once more, posted on his Truth Social website.
“Witch Hunt, for our formerly magnificent Country is going to HELL!”
Later, Trump shared video of his fans applauding his motorcade in Florida and requested contributions for his presidential campaign.
There is no information available regarding the precise allegations listed in the grand jury indictment. According to Trump’s attorneys, he will submit a not guilty plea. The former president has disputed wrongdoing in the case and claimed that he is the focus of a political vendetta by the prosecution.
The focus of the New York probe, which is being overseen by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, is a $130,000 payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, by Michael Cohen, formerly Donald Trump’s personal attorney and fixer.
A court official said the arraignment is planned for 2:15pm (18:15 GMT) on Tuesday. Trump will then return to Florida and deliver remarks at Mar-a-Lago, his residence in Palm Beach, at 8:15pm (00:15 GMT on Wednesday), his office said.
New York police, over the weekend, began erecting barricades along the edge of the sidewalks around Trump Tower and the Manhattan Criminal Court building, and some other courtrooms will be cleared.
Demonstrations are expected at those sites. “Officers have been placed on alert and the department remains ready to respond as needed and will ensure everyone is able to peacefully exercise their rights,” the New York Police Department said in a statement.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams cautioned on Monday against violence or public disorder by protesters.
“Control yourselves. New York City is our home, not a playground for your misplaced anger,” Adams said in a message to potential “rabble-rousers”.
Adams specifically mentioned the far-right congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene in his threat, who had made preparations to visit New York to oppose what she called the “unprecedented abuse” of the legal system.
The New York City mayor declared: “People like Marjorie Taylor Greene, who is known to spread misinformation and hate speech, has stated she is coming to town.” “Be on your best behavior while you’re in town.”
Protesting is a “constitutional right,” according to Greene.
Taylor Greene posted on Twitter on Monday, “We will not live in fear and we will legally stand against tyranny and corruption while we show our support for President Trump.”
A “perp walk,” in which a suspect in an accusation is displayed before the media in a public place, is improbable, according to Trump attorney Joe Tacopina on Sunday. Perp is short for perpetrator.
Separately on Sunday, a court representative said the judge had requested the parties to submit their arguments regarding whether or not cameras and video recording devices should be permitted in the courthouse and will make a decision on Monday.
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