Former president and American business mogul Donald Trump has now become the first former US president to face criminal charges, the first of it’s kind development came about after a grand jury voted to indict him in New York over a hush-money payment Trump made to adult film star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election, hiding his affair with Daniels.
The development could very well hamper if not outright end Trump’s 2024 Republican presidential nomination campaign, which Trump is said to be leading in most polls.
“This evening we contacted Mr Trump’s attorney to coordinate his surrender to the Manhattan DA’s office for arraignment on a supreme court indictment, which remains under seal,” the Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg’s spokesperson said. “Guidance will be provided when the arraignment date is selected”, he further added.
According to Former President Trump’s Legal Team lawyer Susan Necheles, Trump was asked to appear in court for his arraignment on Tuesday April 4, 2023, in order to contest the allegations of using party funds and company assets for the payment, and later reporting them as business expenses. Fearing a similar occurrence as the Capitol Hill riot, New York police have been told to all report for duty on Friday to deal with “unusual disorder”, according to a memo seen by NBC.