Donald Trump was indicted by a Manhattan grand jury for authorizing a hush money payment of $130,000 to Stormy Daniels on the eve of the 2016 election and then falsifying business and campaign records in an effort to cover up the pay-off.
Trump surrendered to authorities at the courthouse in Manhattan where he was arraigned before Judge Juan Merchan. He was then fingerprinted and formally arrested, becoming the first US President to face criminal charges.
Former President Trump pled not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records.The indictment returned last week by a grand jury against former President Donald Trump has been unsealed.
Surveys conducted before the indictment indicate that most Americans agree with the grand jury's decision and support the charges against him.
Following his arraignment, Trump is expected to return to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida for a news event with supporters and allies.
Trump is also being investigated by a grand jury in Georgia for his efforts to reverse his 2020 election defeat; and by the US justice department for his attempts to retain power in 2020 and his retention of classified documents after leaving the White House in 2021. Any indictments resulting from these investigations would be separate from the Manhattan indictment.