BREAKING: Donald Trump Arraigned, Enters Not Guilty Plea to 34 Charges

AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

Donald Trump appeared in a Manhattan courtroom Tuesday afternoon to be arraigned on criminal charges brought forward by a Manhattan grand jury convened by District Attorney Alvin Bragg, and pleaded not guilty.


The grand jury returned a true bill of indictment last week, which was sealed until Tuesday’s arraignment proceedings. Trump flew to New York from Florida on Monday, and surrendered to law enforcement authorities Tuesday afternoon to be arrested and processed before being hauled before Judge Juan Merchan to have the charges read and to enter a plea. According to reports from inside the courtroom (video cameras were not allowed), the indictment contained 34 charges of falsifying business records related to “hush money” paid to Stormy Daniels, and reportedly at least one other charge, rumored to be some type of conspiracy charge.

According to Fox News’ Jake Gibson, who was in the courtroom, the prosecution presented printouts of Trump’s Truth Social posts about the indictment and Alvin Bragg and said they are inciting violence. Judge Merchan declined to issue a gag order, but asked Trump to not make those types of posts while the case is pending.


While it had been reported that Trump would address the media both before and after the arraignment, he did not speak to reporters. After the arraignment concluded Trump’s motorcade headed straight to La Guardia Airport, and from there he will fly back to Florida.

The full indictment can be read here.

Donald J. Trump Indictment by Jennifer Van Laar

And the Statement of Facts from DA Bragg can be read below.

Donald J. Trump SOF by Jennifer Van Laar

Read our ongoing updates here.


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