Former US President Donald Trump is facing charges related to a Payment of $130,000 made to adult film star Stormy Daniels to keep her from revealing an alleged extramarital affair with him. Trump, who has denied the affair, was indicted by a Manhattan grand jury last week. Following his indictment, he should return to his domain of Mar-a-Lago in Florida for a news event with supporters and allies.
What there is to know:
Former President Donald Trump surrendered to authorities at the Manhattan Courthouse and is expected to be arraigned this afternoon before Judge Juan Merchan, where he will be fingerprinted.
The 30 unknown charges against him related to document fraud will be unsealed and made public at the arraignment.
The charges stem from an investigation by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg into silent payments made to two women who alleged relations with Trump, which he denies.
Trump supporters, anti-Trump protesters and the media crowd outside the courthouse during the proceedings, with Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and George Santos join Trump supporters.
Security was tightened around Trump Tower and the Manhattan Criminal Court building ahead of planned protests. The indictment is one of many legal challenges Trump faces as he plans to run for president again. Georgia prosecutor investigates his efforts to overturn his 2020 election defeat in Georgia, while American justice investigates his attempts to retain power in 2020 and his retention of classified documents after leaving the White House in 2021.
Investigations conducted prior to the indictment indicate that most Americans agree with the grand jury’s decision and support the charges against him.
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