Former President Donald Trump pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in Manhattan criminal court on Tuesday afternoon.
Trump accepted the surrender and was thrown into jail on Tuesday before being arraigned in a historic and unprecedented court appearance in which a former president heard the charges against him for the first time. While the impeachment has been halted, the case is now pending for Trump’s request to stay in 2024 as he fights the charges both in court and in public.
Prosecutors said Trump sought to undermine the integrity of the 2016 election by accounting for payments made to women who claimed they had extramarital affairs with Trump. He said business.
Trump was part of an illegal scheme to suppress negative information, including an illegal payment of $130,000 ordered by a defendant to suppress negative information that would harm the campaign, prosecutors alleged.
Trump “repeatedly and fraudulently falsified New York business records to cover up crimes that concealed damaging information from the public during the 2016 presidential election,” according to charging documents.
After the impeachment, Trump immediately flew back to Florida. The event will be held with supporters on Tuesday evening at Mar-a-Lago, where Trump made his public case against the impeachment and previewed how he intends to fight against political crimes as he runs again for the White House in 2024.
While he was warned by Judge Iuan Merchan in Tuesday’s arraignment that he could not make comments that could “undermine the rule of law” or create civil unrest, Trump lashed out later this evening against Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and the judge himself.
“I never thought anything like this could happen in America, I never thought it was possible. “The one crime I have committed is to fearlessly defend our country from those who seek to destroy it,” Trump said.
“It is an insult to the country,” he added.
The indictment returned last week by a grand jury against Trump was unsealed Tuesday and released — and by Trump’s legal team — with the first details of the specific charges he will face.
The accusation was quickly criticized by Trump’s Republican allies, and even some legal experts raised questions about the case. Roncus Senior Legal Analyst Elie Honig said prosecutors will have to make their case that Trump committed felonies and not a misdemeanor by showing that false records were used to cover up another crime, which could not be identified in the indictment.
“One of the legal issues involved here is to go from a misdemeanor to a felony to show that those records were falsified for some other crime, some other crime,” Honig said. “The lawyers, I think you’re right, you heard the defense complaining about it.
Bragg said at a news conference after the indictment that the prosecution did not define which laws Trump broke because “the law does not require it.”
Bragg cited one law that Trump allegedly broke during the interview: “The election law of the state of New York — that it is a crime to conspire to promote a petition by unlawful means.” He also cited violations of federal election law capping contribution limits.
The evidence, Bragg said, “will be brought out in the public square in downtown Manhattan.”
Trump responded to the judge by protesting and directly pleading not guilty.
The former voice of the president was measured in the court. He walked slowly up the stairs to the reporters in the courtroom and looked at the judge speaking.
The next in-hearing date for the Trump case in New York is currently set for December 4.
In addition, the 13-page statement of “facts” explained in plain language how Trump allegedly committed the crimes in order to help him get elected to the White House in 2016.
“From August 2015 to December 2017, Defensor orchestrated the program with others to influence the presidential election, identifying and buying negative information about him for its publication and to help suppress the hope of the elections,” the statement says. He described the prosecutors as “a capture and kill plan” to suppress negative stories about Trump – “in promotion of his petition to the President.”
Both face criminal charges against Trump for allegedly entering into the Trump Organization’s media business, according to the indictment.
Manhattan prosecutors accuse Trump of repeatedly making false entries in business records.
The judge said Monday night that he would not allow the news outlet to be allowed, rejecting a request by several media outlets, including CNN. Five more photographers, however, were allowed to take Trump and the courtroom before the hearing began.
When there was a debate about Trump in the middle of Tuesday’s forum, he didn’t do it. Instead, Trump responded at his own event at Mar-a-Lago that night, making his first on-camera appearance while surrounded by supporters.
Trump has consistently denied all wrongdoing and condemned the accusation as political persecution.
Some of Trump’s comments came to a head in the indictment when prosecutors handed the judge a file of Trump’s social media and informed the court that Trump made threats with “irresponsible” social media, specifically citing Trump’s communication in an article that showed. photo of Trump with a baseball bat.
Trump’s attorneys responded that Trump has his First Amendment rights and said he was expressing his frustration with the alleged unfairness of the impeachment on behalf of the attorney general’s office. Trump’s lawyers then claimed that the social media posts did not threaten Trump.
Merchan acknowledged Trump’s right to free speech, but both sides warned of comments with the potential to “incite violence, cause civil unrest or endanger the health or safety of any person.”
Neither party demanded an order of fun.
Despite the judge’s comments, Trump claimed in a speech Tuesday evening that he had a “Trump-hating” New York case. Trump attacked Bragg and the impeachment — as well as the other prosecutors seeking him, President Joe Biden and other political opponents.
“This fictitious case was brought just to prevent the upcoming 2024 elections. And it should be dropped immediately,” Trump said.
Bragg’s indictment marks the first criminal charges against Trump, but not the only potential legal trouble before the former president: Special counsel Jack Smith is still moving forward with an investigation into Trump’s role on January 6, 2021. and the handling of the documents indicated at Mar-a-Lago. A Fulton County and grand jury have concluded their investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia.
CLARIFICATION: This story has been updated to clarify where prosecutors have alleged against Trump regarding the 2016 election. It was written in the court documents.