Donald Trump Set To Hear Court Arraignment Today
NEW YORK CITY – Former President Donald Trump is set to be formally charged in court, finger-printed, and have a mug shot taken over a case involving a 2016 hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels. Trump is expected to turn himself in amid tight security as demonstrations were expected for and against him. The arraignment is planned for 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday EST (Wednesday 2:15 AM Malaysian Time), where Trump will be in court to hear the charges and have a chance to enter a plea. The charges are set to be disclosed on Tuesday, with his allies portraying them as politically motivated.
The case has divided people in New York, where Trump’s name is emblazoned on buildings related to his business ventures. Trump’s lead has widened over rivals in the Republican Party’s presidential nominating contest, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Monday, conducted after news broke that he would face criminal charges.
What this means for the 2024 presidential election
The case could have profound implications for the 2024 presidential election. Leading potential challengers for the nomination, including Ron Desantis and Mike Pence, have publicly rallied around Trump in recent days.
Despite the legal woes, Trump’s campaign raised $30.94 million in the three days after the word of the indictment emerged last Thursday, and his team issued the latest in several fundraising emails, aiming for the media’s reporting of the indictment.
An indictment or even a conviction does not legally prevent Trump from running for President. Trump also faces a separate criminal probe into whether he unlawfully tried to overturn his 2020 election defeat in Georgia, and two investigations by a special counsel including over his handling of classified documents after leaving office.
In conclusion, Trump’s arraignment in court could have far-reaching implications for the 2024 presidential election. Despite the legal troubles, his lead has widened over rivals in the Republican Party’s presidential nominating contest, and he is still a major player in American politics. The case is set to be closely watched by people around the world, and we will have to wait and see how it develops in the coming weeks and months. – Reuters