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BREAKING: Former President Donald Trump Arrested On 34 Felony Counts

By Holly Matkin and Sandy Malone

New York, NY – Former President Donald Trump pleaded not guilty to 34 felony charges of first-degree falsifying business records on Tuesday.

President Trump was arrested and fingerprinted at the Manhattan Criminal Court just prior to his court hearing on April 3, BBC News reported.

The twice-impeached former President is now the first U.S. president to face criminal charges, according to Yahoo News.

New York Judge Juan Merchan refused requests for President Trump’s hearing to be broadcast live, CNN reported.

Merchan did allow five photographers to snap pictures of the courtroom and the former President prior to the hearing.

Details regarding the charges have not been released.

A Manhattan grand jury voted to indict the former President on March 30 after hearing testimony about hush money payments allegedly authorized by President Trump back in 2016, before he was elected, WNBC reported.

Prosecutors launched the investigation into what became the scandal over porn star Stormy Daniels in 2018 after the President’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, claimed he paid her $130,000 on his client’s behalf ahead of the Presidential election.

Federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York opted out of charging President Trump in 2019 even though Cohen implicated him in his own plea deal, FOX News reported.

And the Federal Election Commission (FEC) dropped its investigation into the alleged hush payments in 2021.

The 45th President has already announced his intention to run for the GOP nomination for the 2024 election, FOX News reported.

The indictment could hold serious implications for his election prospects but legally, would not prevent former President Donald Trump from running for office again.

It was the former President himself who went public about what he called “illegal leaks” and said he thought he might be arrested soon, FOX News reported.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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