“Donald Trump, the former president and front-runner for the 2024 Republican nomination, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records after an investigation into hush money paid to a porn star. A photo taken by a photographer in the courtroom showed Trump sitting at the defense table, flanked by lawyers. Five photographers were to be admitted to the courtroom before the arraignment to take pictures for several minutes. Trump’s lawyers had urged the judge to block any videography, photography and radio coverage, arguing it would worsen “an already almost circus-like atmosphere.”
After the arraignment the former president tore into the judge’s supposed anti-Trump sentiment on Truth Social and said the new location would be ‘very fair and secure’, as protesters and the world’s media swarmed the Manhattan court where he turned himself in this afternoon.
He also noted that Judge Juan Merchan’s daughter, Loren Merchan, 34, worked for Vice President Kamala Harris’ 2020 presidential campaign, deepening the alleged bias against him.
CLICK HERE to read Trump’s 16 page indictment.