Former President Donald Trump turned himself in at a New York court on Tuesday, April 4th, 2023, to face charges in connection with an investigation into alleged hush-money payments during the 2016 presidential election. Trump arrived at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office in lower Manhattan, where he was taken into custody and placed under police supervision ahead of his arraignment.
It is anticipated that Trump’s fingerprints will be taken as part of the arrest process, but it remains unclear whether a mugshot will be taken. He will then be escorted to a courtroom for his arraignment, an appearance expected to be swift and routine but marks a surreal and historic moment in United States history.
Trump is not expected to be handcuffed following his arrest, as he will remain under the constant protection of law enforcement. While en route to the courthouse, Trump posted on Truth Social: “Heading to Lower Manhattan, the Courthouse. Feels so SURREAL – WOW, they are going to ARREST me. Can’t believe this is happening in America. MAGA!”
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office is investigating Trump in connection with his alleged role in a hush-money payment and cover-up scheme involving adult film star Stormy Daniels, dating back to the 2016 presidential election. Trump is facing over 30 charges related to business fraud in this case.
This marks the first time in United States history that a president or former president has faced criminal charges, making it an unprecedented historic event. Adding to the extraordinary nature of the situation, Trump is only a few months into his third bid for the White House, and his criminal case thrusts the 2024 presidential campaign into uncharted territory as the former president has vowed to continue running despite the charges.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s investigation began while Trump was still in office and is tied to a $130,000 payment made by Trump’s then-personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to Daniels in late October 2016, just days before the 2016 presidential election. The payment was allegedly made to silence Daniels and prevent her from publicly disclosing an affair she claims to have had with Trump a decade earlier. Trump has denied the affair.