Former US President Donald Trump is set to fly from Florida to New York on Monday, ahead of his scheduled trial over payments to a porn star before the 2016 election, as security was beefed up in Manhattan.
Trump, the first former US president to face criminal charges, will be arraigned, fingerprinted and photographed in midtown Manhattan court on Tuesday. His lawyers announced that he would plead not guilty.
The specific charges included in the grand jury indictment have not been disclosed; Tuesday’s arraignment marks Trump’s first appearance in court and before a judge handling the case.
The Republican businessman-turned-politician plans to depart from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach at noon Monday, arriving later in the day in New York and spending the night at Trump Tower in Manhattan before arriving in court Tuesday morning. . , said the consultant.
A court official said the hearing was scheduled for 2:15 p.m. (1815 GMT) on Tuesday. Trump will then return to Florida and deliver a speech at Mar-a-Lago at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday (0015 GMT Wednesday), his office said.
Over the weekend, New York City police began setting up roadblocks near Trump Tower and the Manhattan Criminal Court building in midtown, and other courtrooms will be evacuated.
Protests are expected in these areas and the police have promised to be ready. “Officers have been placed on high alert and the department remains ready to respond as needed and will ensure that everyone can exercise their rights in peace,” the New York Police Department said in a statement.
Other courtrooms on the upper floors of the courthouse will be closed before court appearances as part of security measures, a court official said.
U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene on Sunday sent out an invitation to join her in a protest near the courthouse on Tuesday, saying, “They’re not after President Trump, they’re after us, he’s on his way.”
TRUMP’S ATTORNEYS HOPE TO Dismiss
Before the indictment, the grand jury heard evidence of a $130,000 payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in the final days of the 2016 presidential campaign. Daniels said she had been paid to keep quiet about the sex she had with Trump at Lake. Hotel Tahoe in 2006. Trump denies the incident.
Trump, 76, served as president from 2017 to 2021 and in November launched a bid to win the presidency in 2024, aiming to deny Democratic President Joe Biden a second term.
News of the indictment, which stemmed from an investigation by Democratic Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, emerged last Thursday. Trump has pleaded not guilty and he and his allies have described the charges as politically motivated.
Joe Tacopina, Trump’s lawyer, said Sunday that he expected more details of the charges to be resolved Monday and noted that the Secret Service, which protects former presidents, also had a role to play Tuesday. Tacopina said there is unlikely to be a “walk” – perp being shorthand for criminal – where a person who has been accused is shown in front of the media, for security reasons.
Tacopina added that Trump’s lawyers will “analyze” the indictment once it is made public and go through “any possible issues” to challenge it, adding that he plans at some point to file a motion to dismiss the charges.
“Honestly, I don’t know what it’s going to be – I hope it’s okay – and then we’ll start the fight to right this wrong,” Tacopina told CNN’s “State of the Union” program, speaking about the Impeachment.
Trump is expected to appear before Judge Juan Merchan, the judge who also presided over the criminal trial last year in which Trump’s real estate company was found guilty of tax evasion. Trump himself has not been charged in the case.
A court official said Sunday that the judge asked both sides to present their positions on whether to allow cameras and videos in the courtroom and that he would rule on the matter on Monday.