Donald Trump facing at least 1 felony charge in NY case: AP
Former U.S. President Donald Trump is facing multiple charges of falsifying business records, including at least one felony offense, in the indictment handed down by a Manhattan grand jury, the Associated Press reported on Friday, citing sources.
Trump is due to be fingerprinted and photographed in a New York courthouse next week as he becomes the first former U.S. president to face criminal charges, in a case involving a 2016 hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.
Trump's expected appearance before a judge in Manhattan on Tuesday, as the Republican mounts a bid to regain the presidency, could further inflame divisions in the United States. A New York judge in a document unsealed on Friday authorized Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, a Democrat, to disclose that Trump had been indicted, but it was not clear when the specific charges would be made public.
Trump plans to fly to New York on Monday from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida and spend the night at Trump Tower before appearing in court early on Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the matter. Trump plans to return to Florida afterward, the source said.
Susan Necheles, a Trump attorney, told Reuters he will plead not guilty. Necheles said she did not expect the charges to be unsealed until Tuesday.
"I am not afraid of what's to come," Trump said in a fundraising email on Friday.
Another Trump lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, said Trump will not have to wear handcuffs at his court appearance and will likely be released without having to post bail.
Any potential trial is still at least more than a year away, legal experts said, meaning it could occur during or after the presidential campaign.
(With input from Reuters, AP)
(Cover: Former President Donald Trump watches the NCAA Wrestling Championships in Tulsa, Okla, U.S., March 18, 2023. /CFP)