Donald Trump has pleaded not guilty to 34 felony criminal charges.
The former US president is accused of falsifying records to conceal crimes.
What does this mean for Trump’s ambition to run again for the White House?
He is the first US president to be indicted for criminal charges.
On Tuesday, April 4, 2023, the former president appeared in court in New York.
However, the former President has said “there is no case” when it comes to his indictment and “nothing was done illegally.
“The defendant repeatedly made false statements on New York business records. He also caused others to make false statements” – Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
Trump denies falsifying business records and conspiracy.
The charges against him have been unsealed to the public. Trump has pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts.
Former president Trump’s chief spokesperson Liz Harrington claims the arraignment hearing in New York is a “show trial” and argues he is “an innocent man”.
The former President is being investigated over an alleged hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels on his behalf in the run-up to the 2016 election.
“This is not strictly a judicial proceeding – this is a political proceeding.” @RogerJStoneJr, former political adviser to Donald Trump, says the former president has been “very stoic”.
Donald Trump left the courtroom in Manhattan after pleading not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records and conspiracy.
He had waved to his supporters as he arrived at the courthouse in Manhattan to face his arraignment.
He was fingerprinted but it is unclear whether a mugshot of him was also taken.
Donald Trump was seen for the first time in Tuesday 4 th April, 2023 since his formal arrest in a New York courthouse.
Trump surrendered himself to authorities and is formally under arrest.
He also posted on social media: “Wow, they are going to arrest me.”
The former president arrived at a courthouse in Manhattan to face his arraignment.
He called for venue change hours before hearing started – and ‘was thought to likely ignore advisers’ by speaking to media.