The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office investigated the former U.S. President in connection with his alleged involvement in the hush money scheme. To date, the Trump indictment has raised questions about how the criminal case will unravel.The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office had been investigating former U.S. President Donald Trump. The investigation is in connection with Trump’s alleged involvement in the hush money payment scheme. It started when Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen allegedly made a $130,000 payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels days before the 2016 presidential elections. This payment was apparently made to silence Daniels about her affair with Trump a decade ago.
According to Cole, in the Trump indictment, the former U.S. President will face more than 30 counts of charges associated with business fraud. Trump was initially asked to surrender last March 31. However, his defense team insisted that more time was needed, hence, the arraignment is expected on April 4 in the Manhattan criminal court.
What Comes Next After the Trump Indictment
An article on the CBS News states that for the Trump indictment, the first appearance is generally public proceedings. If an arrest of the former U.S. President is not needed, arrangements will be made for a voluntary surrender to the law enforcement. If the first appearance is also an arraignment, it is expected that a plea will be entered.
This means that like any other defendant, Trump must also go through specific processes as a charge is brought against him. However, his status as the former U.S. President who will be running for the 2024 elections again, there will undoubtedly be more security in his case.