Donald Trump Arrested in Stormy Daniels Hush Money Case, Pictured In Court
Donald Trump Arrested & Arraigned in NYC First Image Released Of Him In Court
4/4/2023 10:47 AM PT
12:32 PM PT -- The hearing has ended. Donald Trump left the courthouse and is on his way to the airport.
12:17 PM PT -- Prosecutors are asking the judge to issue, at the very least, a warning to Trump not to make dangerous or threatening statements related to the case or anyone involved in it.
They're also requesting a protective order for all documents related to the proceedings to block Trump or his team from leaking them in order to damage the trial.
12:00 PM PT -- Trump just pled not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records.
11:41 AM PT -- The first picture of Trump inside the courtroom has been released. His lawyer Joe Tacopina is seen sitting next to him.
11:31 AM PT -- Trump just walked into the courtroom for his arraignment, a few minutes behind schedule. Reports say there was a delay because Trump's defense team was given a copy of the indictment to review after he got arrested.
Donald Trump is now officially an alleged felon -- he's turned himself in to NYPD for booking and will be arraigned in the Stormy Daniels' hush money case.
The former President and his massive motorcade arrived at the front door of The Manhattan Criminal Court Tuesday, and surrendered just a few short minutes later.
He waved to the crowd on his way in.
As we reported, Trump was indicted last week after months of a grand jury hearing testimony from multiple witnesses like his former attorney Michael Cohen.
Trump allegedly brokered a $130K payment to Stormy amid the 2016 election in an attempt to keep her quiet about an alleged affair ... and he's facing more than 30 counts in this case.
Trump's attorneys, Susan Necheles and Joe Tacopina told TMZ ... "[Trump] did not commit any crime. We will vigorously fight this political prosecution in Court."
Eric Trump also shared his thoughts, saying "This is third world prosecutorial misconduct. It is the opportunistic targeting of a political opponent in a campaign year."
Trump took to Truth Social ahead of his indictment, calling for protests against Manhattan D.A. Alvin Bragg ... and Marjorie Taylor Greene announced she'd be hosting a rally in New York in support of the former President.
BTW -- his attorney, Alina Habba, made an interesting comparison the day he headed to New York ... saying the guy's a lot like Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls in terms of gettin' a boost in popularity from controversy.
We covered it all in the latest episode of The TMZ Podcast, available on all podcast platforms!
Originally Published -- 10:47 AM PST