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Trump charged with 34 felony counts of falsification of business records, trial could start in January 2024

The Bengal Desk:
Former US President Donald Trump is in police custody at the District Attorney's office in Manhattan on Tuesday ahead of his impeachment. He will now face criminal charges. After Trump surrendered in court, he became the first ever former president of the country to be formally arrested by police. 

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Trump's court appearance is "not a focus" for Biden, it said. "Of course he'll catch some of the news when he has a moment to catch up on the news of the day, but that's not his focus," press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. The booking and appearance before Judge Juan Merchan should be relatively brief — though hardly routine — when Trump first learns of the charges against him. 

Trump will plead not guilty, according to his lawyers, and is expected to enter the plea himself, as is standard in court. Impeachment is a hearing in which the indictment will be formally unsealed and the charges will be read aloud, although Trump could request that the public reading be waived. He will be asked how he pleads to the charges and is expected to answer "not guilty". And Trump's attorneys Joe Tacopina, Susan Necheles and Todd Blanche will work with the judge and the district attorney's office to set a date for when he will next return to court. 

The judge ruled that news photographers would be allowed to photograph the former president at the start of his impeachment. Former President Donald Trump has pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records, according to multiple reports. The charges stem from a hush money payment during the 2016 campaign. Courtroom photos showed Trump sitting at a table reserved for defendants and their defense attorneys. He was surrounded by his legal team, two sitting on each side of the former president. 

Trump accused of falsifying business records to hide damaging information and illegal activity from voters: Manhattan State Attorney Bragg. Donald Trump was seen leaving a courthouse in New York on Tuesday where he pleaded not guilty to 34 felony charges stemming from secret money paid to a porn star before the 2016 election. Trump was seen exiting the building and heading to a waiting motorcade, just over two hours after arriving at the Manhattan court complex for the historic hearing. US judge says Trump trial could begin in January 2024

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