Donald Trump became the first former president to face criminal charges Thursday when a Manhattan grand jury issued a reported 30-count indictment stemming from a $130,000 payment his former attorney, Michael Cohen, made to porn actress Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election to silence her about an alleged 2006 affair.
Trump defense attorney Joe Tacopina told Newsmax on Thursday night the former president likely will be arraigned Tuesday, but that all the details haven’t been worked out. He said Trump will plead not guilty and won’t be put in handcuffs, as per his Secret Service detail. He will be fignerprinted and his mug shot will be taken. The indictment will be unsealed at the time of Trump’s arraignment.
The grand jury was empaneled in January by Democratic District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who promised during his election campaign in 2021 to bring charges against Trump.
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