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Donald Trump Officially Under Arrest, Arraigned In NYC For Criminal Charges

Controversial American President Donald Trump faced “an emotional day” after he was officially arrested following 32 felony counts. The Republican Party politician was booked on Tuesday (April 5) by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and arraigned in an adjacent NYC courtroom. Trump has become the first criminally charged former president following this legal drama.

Trump Turns Up Stone-Faced In Courtroom

Donald Trump was arrested on Tuesday (April 5) as he faces 30+ criminal charges, officially making him the first president in the history of America to face such charges. The Rep. politician was booked by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and arraigned in an adjacent New York courthouse.

Donald Trump had “an emotional day” as he turned up “upset” in the courtroom. A source added, “Who wouldn’t want to be with people that adore him after that?” Before moving for his arraignment, Trump ended the day eating dinner on the patio of his Mar-a-Lago club, surrounded by club members, family and his supporters, including Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene.

As the legal drama continued to erupt on Tuesday, Trump’s supporters came forward to show their support. Per reports, Trump was processed and provided his fingerprints to the authority. However, he did not have a mugshot. Sources added that he turned up stone-faced and pleaded “not guilty” to falsifying business records and acknowledged his right to legal representation.

 What Are The Charges Against Trump?

Donald Trump is no stranger to controversies. The 76-year-old politician, who was looking forward to another presidential run, is now in shambles. During his arraignment, the indictment was unsealed, revealing 32 felony counts against the disgraced politician.

Per the charges, Donald Trump “made and caused a false entry in the business records of an enterprise”. Not only this, but he also “misreported the nature of the $130,000 payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels”. It is reported that this was used as “hush money” to keep her from talking about her affair with Trump.

Apart from this, he is also accused of being behind a payment of $150,000 (£120,000) as “hush money” to Karen McDougal (ex-Playboy model) after she made allegations that she has sex with him, and decided to go public with it.

Another allegation relates to an alleged $30,000 payment to a former Trump Tower doorman. Prosecutors alleged that Donald Trump had a child out of wedlock. It came out that a total of 11 cheques were issued for “phoney purposes” and nine of them were signed by Donald Trump. These cheques were processed by the “Trump Organization” and “illegally disguised as a payment for legal services.”

Once the arraignment was done, Manhattan District Attorney released a statement wherein he vehemently mentioned that his office “cannot allow New York businesses to manipulate their records to cover up criminal conduct”. He also added that the purpose of Trump’s prosecution is “to ensure that everyone stands equal before the law”. 
He concluded, “No amount of money and no amount of power changes that enduring principle.” If you aren’t aware, Donald Trump’s previous attorney, Michael Cohen previously pleaded guilty to breaking finance laws by making these hush money payments.
Following this, Cohen was sentenced to 13 months in prison and also underwent 1.5 years of home confinement. He claimed that Trump reimbursed him for “$130,000 payment and an additional $150,000 given to another woman. He may testify at the trial.

If you aren’t aware, a felony is punishable by a year or more. In Trump’s case, the legal scandal has come as a definite blow to his presidential campaign, but nothing would prevent the former president from running for or winning the presidency in 2023.

If convicted, Trump faces a maximum sentence of 136 years. In case he is convicted at a trial, Trump’s term would be far less than that. After the proceedings, Trump deferred from making a public statement. What do you think about this legal drama? Keep reading for more updates on Trump’s fate.

Mallika
I am Mallika Singh, a lawyer and writer by profession. Writing gives me a sense of freedom and independence. I am a keen observer and an ardent reader. When not at work, you can find me at the stable. Horse riding is another passion that keeps me going.
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