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"Like any other person": Trump's criminal hearing is expected next week: what awaits him in court? - Walla! news

2023-03-31T08:49:57.353Z


Like any other citizen charged with a criminal offense, Trump will appear in court in Manhattan, be fingerprinted, have his face photographed, and go through all the routine steps of an arrest procedure in New York. However, special arrangements are expected to be made in honor of the only president to be charged with a criminal offense in the US


Donald Trump, the former president of the United States, was called many dubious nicknames during his tenure, but last night (Friday) the 45th president set a record that none of his predecessors achieved: Trump is the first president in the history of the United States to be criminally indicted.



And yet, like any other citizen accused of a criminal offense, Trump will appear in court in Manhattan, his fingerprints will be taken, his face will be photographed and he will go through all the routine steps of an arrest procedure in New York.

No man is above the law - even if he thinks so.



However, special arrangements are expected to be made - after all, it's not every day that a former president of the world's largest democratic power is arrested.

On video: New York is preparing for a decision in Donald Trump's "hush money" case (Reuters)

A grand jury in New York ruled yesterday that a criminal indictment will be filed against Trump in the latest case, known as the "silence fee."

Trump's indictment contains more than 30 counts related to business fraud.



New York District Attorney Alvin Berg's office has been investigating for months a $130,000 payment that Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, made to porn actress Stormy Daniels during Trump's 2016 White House campaign to keep her from revealing the affair the two had In 2006 - when the former president was already married to Melania.



Allegedly, Trump returned the money to Cohen from his campaign funds, and the registration of the transaction was not done properly - a category E non-violent accounting felony.

Trump claims that he did not have sex with Daniels and did not return the money in question to Cohen.

The Criminal Court in New York (Photo: Reuters)

Trump is expected to turn himself in on Tuesday.

It is not clear if he will be handcuffed - a routine step in the case of criminal defendants.

Most of the defendants are handcuffed behind their backs, but when it comes to white-collar defendants, they are considered less dangerous, so their hands are handcuffed in front of them.

Trump said that he wants to be handcuffed when he comes to turn himself in in order to enhance the status and arouse sympathy.



One way or another, Trump will receive a close escort at every stage of the extradition - until the moment he appears before a judge in the criminal court building in Manhattan - from armed agents of the American secret service, who, according to the law, are required to protect him at all times.

The security inside the court is the responsibility of the court guards, who work in cooperation with the secret service.

The District Attorney of New York (Photo: Reuters)

The indictment is confidential until the moment Trump appears in court, and the charges against him are revealed.

After that, prosecutors and Trump's lawyers will discuss the terms of his extradition, a common procedure in white-collar investigations.

Lawyers for Trump, who has announced his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election, said the extradition would likely happen on Tuesday.

After that, Trump will likely be released on his own recognizance because the charges against him do not involve violent crimes — under New York law, prosecutors cannot ask that a defendant remain in custody in such cases.



In the unlikely event that Trump does not turn himself in, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has already said that his state "will not assist the extradition request", if such a request comes from the New York authorities.

But if prosecutors do seek Trump's extradition, DeSantis could find himself facing legal trouble of his own.

Donald Trump has announced his candidacy for the 2024 election (Reuters)

It is still too early to assess how the voters in the preliminary elections (primaries) in the Republican Party or in the general national elections in November 2024 will react to the indictment against Trump.

It is also not clear if a trial will be held against him before the elections, or what the status of the additional investigations that are currently underway against Trump will be.

But the unprecedented step of filing criminal charges against a former president will certainly affect the party leadership race.



Possible rivals within the Republican Party, who have not yet announced their candidacy, yesterday rushed to condemn the indictment so as not to upset voters.

Former Vice President Mike Pence, whom Trump accused of not helping him overturn the 2020 election, was the first to come to his former boss's defense.

DeSantis, Trump's biggest possible opponent in the party, has threatened not to turn Trump, who lives in a Florida mansion, if asked to do so.



A poll conducted earlier this week revealed that most Americans believe that a criminal indictment against Trump should prevent him from running for president in 2024. A poll by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, considered one of the most reliable institutes in the United States, was published on Wednesday and found that 57% of those surveyed believed Because an indictment should prevent the confrontation.

However, a large gap between the parties is evident;

88% of Democrats said an indictment should prevent an impeachment, while only 23% of Republicans thought so.

62% of those surveyed said that the indictment was motivated by political motives, while 55% said that the charges were "very serious".



The White House remains silent for now and has not commented on the news, but several Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi, one of Trump's harshest critics, tweeted that "no one is above the law, and everyone has the right to a trial and to prove their innocence."

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