Former U.S. President Donald Trump was indicted on March 30 for allegedly paying hush money to porn star Stephanie Clifford (stage name Stormy Daniels).
He arrived in New York City on April 3, surrendered to prosecutors and appeared in court on April 4. President Joe Biden said on the 3rd that he has confidence in the police.
After Trump arrived in New York City, he returned to Trump Tower (Trump Tower), and New York City police have set up barricades near Trump Tower and the Manhattan Criminal Court (Manhattan Criminal Court). Reuters said on April 4 that it is expected that there will be demonstrations on April 4 near these two locations.
Biden was asked if he was concerned about unrest over Trump’s surrender and arraignment. He replied, “No, I have faith in the NYPD.”
Before leaving for New York City on April 3, Trump wrote on the social platform Truth Social: “Witch Hunt! Our once great country is going to hell!” After he arrived in New York, he wrote: “We must take back our country , make America great again!”
Trump will go to court in the United States, rejecting media live broadcast
Former U.S. President Donald Trump, who faces criminal charges over hush money, will turn himself in and appear in court on April 4, local time. A number of American media outlets, including NBC and The New York Times, requested live broadcasts of the interrogation. The presiding judge, Juan Merchan, refused on the 3rd local time.
Five cameras representing all media interviews are allowed in the courtroom, but until the arraignment process begins, they will only be able to take snapshots. Those photographers will be allowed to take pictures for a few minutes before being directed to leave the jury box. These cameras can then be placed in corridors within buildings. No filming is allowed after the courtroom.
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“Daily Mail” said on the 4th that Melchang’s decision showed that the media had the opportunity to photograph Trump in court, but the public would not be able to see Trump’s reaction when he represented the lawyer and stated that the client pleaded not guilty .
Trump has hired prominent criminal defense attorney and former U.S. Attorney Todd Blanche to join his defense team. Blanche and other lawyers have asked the judge on the 3rd to prohibit the proceedings from being videotaped, filmed and broadcast, saying such actions would “intensify the already almost circus-like atmosphere of this case” and “undermine the dignity of the proceedings and the courtroom.” and etiquette”. Melchon ultimately made a decision on their request.
Trump appeared in court on April 4 and was formally indicted. He will be fingerprinted and have his face photographed. He has become the first sitting or former U.S. president to face criminal charges. The case involved hush money he paid porn star Stormy Daniels, also known as Stephanie Clifford, in 2016 in exchange for her silence about their affair.
Trump is accused of listing the hush money as a legal expense, and he could be charged with falsifying business records. He claimed his innocence and is not expected to plead guilty.