New York's Security Precautions
New York took security precautions, and Mayor Eric Adams warned potential troublemakers to behave. Trump is set to surrender at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office on Tuesday and is expected to plead not guilty.
First Former President Facing Criminal Charges
Trump, 76, who plans to run for president again in 2024, is the first former U.S. president to face criminal charges. He has hired Todd Blanche, a prominent white-collar criminal defense lawyer, to lead his defense.
Trump's Legal Team Opposes Media Coverage
Blanche and other Trump lawyers argued against allowing videography, photography, and radio coverage of the arraignment, citing concerns over the dignity and decorum of the proceedings. The matter is set to be decided by Justice Juan Merchan.
Grand Jury Indictment Background
The indictment involves evidence about a $130,000 payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump denies any relationship with Daniels. Blanche previously represented Paul Manafort, Trump's 2016 campaign chairman, and Igor Fruman, an associate of Rudy Giuliani.
Political Motivations Alleged by Trump Allies
Trump and his allies have claimed the charges are politically motivated, with Trump asserting his innocence. The specific charges in the indictment have yet to be disclosed.
Trump's Plans in New York
Trump arrived at LaGuardia Airport and planned to visit Trump Tower before heading to the courthouse on Tuesday. He posted on social media, claiming the investigation is a "witch hunt."
Fundraising Boost for Trump Campaign
After the indictment news broke, Trump's campaign raised $7 million, with senior adviser Jason Miller stating Trump's determination to save America in 2024. The arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, with Trump set to return to Florida afterward.
Public Reactions and Protests Expected
Supporters and detractors alike have weighed in on the charges, with both groups planning demonstrations in New York. Police have erected barricades near Trump Tower and the Manhattan Criminal Court building in anticipation of protests.
Mayor's Warning and Biden's Confidence in NYPD
Mayor Adams called for protesters to be on their "best behavior" and warned against violence or vandalism. President Joe Biden expressed faith in the New York Police Department's ability to handle unrest.