Details of Charges Against Trump Yet to be Disclosed
Trump, the first sitting or former U.S. president to face criminal charges, was indicted by a Manhattan grand jury last week in a case involving a 2016 hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels. The specific charges have not been disclosed.
Arraignment and Fingerprinting Process for Trump
Due to their surrender to the office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg before an arraignment proceeding before Justice Juan Merchan, Trump was fingerprinted, but no mugshot photo was taken. At an arraignment, a defendant hears charges and can enter a plea.
Trump's Continued Attack on Justice Merchan
In social media posts ahead of the arraignment, Trump renewed his attacks on Merchant, who previously presided over a trial in which Trump's real estate company was convicted of tax fraud.
Reactions from Trump Supporters and Detractors
Trump supporters and detractors were separated by police barricades outside the courthouse, with some confrontations taking place. Hundreds of Trump supporters cheered and blew whistles, outnumbering his critics.
White House Refrains from Commenting on Trump's Legal Drama
White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre reassured the public that they would not comment on the ongoing case.
Trump Urges Venue Change for Case
In a social media post, Trump argued that Manhattan Criminal Court was an unfair venue and suggested the case be moved to Staten Island, a borough known for voting Republican.
Pro-Trump Demonstrators Voice Support
Among pro-Trump demonstrators, accusations of political targeting by Democratic prosecutors were common. Supporters expressed concern that any U.S. citizen could also be if Trump could be targeted.
Trump's Lead in Republican Nominating Contest
Following the news that Trump would face criminal charges, his lead in the Republican Party's presidential nominating contest widened, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. Despite more than two-thirds of poll respondents believing Trump paid hush money to Daniels, half said the charges were politically motivated.
Multiple Legal Woes for Trump
In addition to the Manhattan case, Trump faces a criminal probe in Georgia and two U.S. Justice Department investigations led by a special counsel.