Trump is expected in court next week after being charged

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Trump is expected in court next week after being charged

The indictment against Donald Trump is unprecedented – and so are the images that can be expected in New York next week when the ex-president has to appear in court.

Washington/New York. After the historical charges against former US President Donald Trump, the 76-year-old is expected in court in New York next week. According to media reports, the official indictment reading, to which Trump must appear, is to take place on Tuesday in Manhattan.

The case is about hush money payments to a porn actress. Calls came from the ranks of radical Trump supporters from the right-wing edge of the Republican Party to travel to the US metropolis and protest at the appointment. The city is preparing for a large crowd and possible demonstrations.

Trump is the first ex-president in the history of the United States to face criminal charges. The district attorney’s office in Manhattan on Thursday evening announced indictments against the Republican, who is running again for a presidential candidacy in the November 2024 election.

Trump denies affair

Shortly before his election to the presidency in 2016, Trump paid hush money to porn actress Stormy Daniels after she claimed she had had sex with him. Trump denies an affair, but not that money flowed. The payment could conflict with campaign finance rules. That’s what this case is about. The indictment is still under lock and key – the exact charges and details are therefore still unclear and will only become public when the indictment is read out.

According to several US media, the appointment for this is scheduled for Tuesday at 2:15 p.m. local time (8:15 p.m. CET) in the Manhattan courthouse. Trump must travel to New York for the process and would then be briefly detained for fingerprints and police photos to be taken. In these situations, the accused are often handcuffed – whether this will happen in Trump’s case is questionable. It is considered certain that Trump can return home after this procedure. His lawyers had signaled in advance that he would appear of his own free will.

As unprecedented as the actual charges against an ex-president are, the images of Trump appearing in court in New York will also be unprecedented. It is unclear whether the Republican could possibly use the appearance to portray himself as a victim on the big stage and incite his supporters.

call for protests

Radical Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene called for protests. “I’m going to New York on Tuesday,” the ardent Trump supporter wrote on Twitter on Friday, referring to the planned indictment reading.

“We must protest against the unconstitutional witch hunt!” Within the framework of constitutional rights, Trump will be supported and “against tyrants” will protest. “I’ll see you Tuesday,” she wrote. Greene is on the far right in her party, spreading conspiracy theories and regularly hating minorities.

Trump himself had called on his supporters to protest before the indictment was announced. The appeal brought back grim memories of the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. At that time, Trump incited supporters who then violently entered the parliament building in the capital, Washington.

Security precautions have been increased

There are now fears that the indictment of Trump in New York could lead to renewed violent marches. After Trump’s calls for protests a few days ago, security around the Manhattan courthouse was increased. The unprecedented process puts democracy in the United States to the test.

After the indictment was announced, Trump spoke of “political persecution and electoral interference”. Various Republicans also reacted with outrage and called the move scandalous.

A trial and a potential conviction could affect Trump’s plans for another presidential candidacy at best from a political point of view. In purely legal terms, on the other hand, Trump could theoretically also stand as a convicted criminal in the 2024 election, as legal experts emphasize. Trump had publicly announced his presidential bid several months ago.

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