Ex-President Of U.S.A, Donald Trump is set to fly to New York City from Florida for his scheduled arraignment related to a hush-money payment made to an actress in pornographic films before the 2016 presidential election. Trump,who is the first former president to face criminal charges, is expected to be arraigned, fingerprinted and photographed at the central Manhattan courthouse on Tuesday.
The specific charges included in the grand jury indictment have not been disclosed. Trump’s lawyers have said he will enter a plea of not guilty.
Trump made a statement on his social media site, Truth Social on late Sunday. In his words;
“I will be leaving Mar-a-Lago on Monday at 12 noon, heading to Trump Tower in New York. On Tuesday morning I will be going to, believe it or not, the Courthouse. America was not supposed to be this way!”
Donald Trump sets to travel to NewYork for his court appearance.
The arraignment is planned for 2:15pm (18:15 GMT) on Tuesday. Trump will then return to Florida and deliver remarks at Mar-a-Lago at 8:15pm (00:15 GMT on Wednesday), his office said.
Over the weekend, New York police, began erecting barricades along the edge of the sidewalks around Trump Tower and the Manhattan Criminal Court building, and some other courtrooms will be cleared.
Demonstrations are expected at those sites which police said would be prepared. “Officers have been placed on alert and the department remains ready to respond as needed and will ensure everyone is able to peacefully exercise their rights,” the New York Police Department said in a statement.
Trump’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, on Sunday said it was unlikely there will be a “perp walk” – perp being shorthand for perpetrator – in which an individual who has been charged is paraded in front of the news media because of security concerns.
A court official said on Sunday that the judge had asked both sides to submit their positions on whether cameras and video should be allowed in the courtroom and will decide on the issue on Monday.