Donald Trump arraignment: What are the 34 charges listed in the indictment of the former president?
Former president Donald Trump has pled not guilty to thirty four criminal charges during his arraignment hearing this afternoon. What are the charges and could he go to prison if convicted?
Donald Trump has been placed under arrest after a grand jury in Manhattan made history last week by voting to indict the former president on criminal charges. Unlike others who are arrested and charged with a crime, Donald Trump will not take a mug shot. However, the former president had said he would be willing to pose for the photo, likely because he could use it to rally the support of his base. However, the media personality turned head of state still had a chance to smile for the cameras in the courtroom this afternoon.
What charges are listed in the indictment?
The former president’s indictment listed thirty-four counts of “Falsifying business records in the first degree,” and Donald Trump pled not guilty in court. This charge is classified as a Class E Felony, which carries a maximum prison sentence of four years. Altogether, if convicted, Trump could face a maximum prison sentence of four years.
The counts in the indictment are all fairly similar. The first count, for instance, claims that Donald Trump “made and caused a false entry in the business records of an enterprise” with the “intent to defraud and intent to commit another crime” or conceal another crime.
All counts relate to the falsification of business records and are linked to the dealings between Donald Trump and former adult film star Stormy Daniels. Specifically, they relate to a $130,000 hush money payment made to Daniels to avoid her speaking publically about an alleged affair between her and the former president.
Donald Trump is to speak publically later today
The former president will return to Florida this afternoon, where he is expected to make a public statement about his arraignment. Supporters are expected to be present when he makes his remarks.