Trump gears up for battle in court hearing

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Former US President Donald Trump is ‘gearing up for a battle’ ahead of his scheduled court hearing on Tuesday.






Mr. Trump is set to fly from his Mar-a-Lago estate to New York City on Monday to face accusations connected to hush money payments made to a porn star.






Following his court appearance, he intends to return to Florida to address his fans.






Mr. Trump has maintained his denial of any misconduct.












His lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, has warned that any accusations brought against the former president will be fiercely defended.






‘He’s someone who’s going to be ready for this fight,’ Mr. Tacopina told ABC’s This Week program on Sunday.

‘We’re ready for this fight. And I look forward to moving this thing along as quickly as possible to exonerate him.’












According to media sources, Mr. Trump will face more than 30 charges relating to business fraud stemming from a $130,000 (£105,000) payment to Stormy Daniels in 2016 in an attempt to buy her silence about an alleged romance.






According to sources acquainted with the investigation, the former president is being charged with fabricating business documents in the first degree, which is a crime under US law.






The charges, including what they are and how many there are, are still under seal. Mr. Tacopina stated that he has not yet viewed the charges.






Mr. Trump is said to be meeting with his advisors and legal staff to outline his defense before flying to New York on Monday.














According to law enforcement officials, the former president will be escorted by officers of the US Secret Service on his route to New York.






He is likely to surrender to police on Tuesday, with a hearing scheduled for 14:15 (19:15 BST) in Manhattan.






Mr. Trump’s criminal arraignment will be presided over by Judge Juan Merchan.






According to his lawyer, the Manhattan courts will be closed in the afternoon for the hearing. The former president will not be handcuffed, but other circumstances of the arraignment remain unknown, according to Mr Tacopina.












‘This is unprecedented… I just don’t know what to expect to see,’ he said.

‘What I hope is that we get in and out of there as quickly as possible, that it’s… a typical arraignment where we stand before the judge, we say ‘not guilty,’ we set schedules to file motions and whatnot… and we move forward and get out there,’ he said.






The FBI, New York City court officers, and the Secret Service, among others, have been preparing for Tuesday.













The New York Police Department has allegedly increased security in preparation for potential protests in the city.






A rally for Mr. Trump has been arranged for noon on Tuesday in New York, with Republican House Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene calling on supporters to come in ‘peaceful protest’ against the indictment.






After his hearing, Mr. Trump is due to return to his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, where he has stated that he will deliver an address at 20:15 EST.







Over the weekend, a dozen of his followers gathered outside Mr. Trump’s Florida estate, waving ‘Trump 2024’ flags and banners at passing vehicles, many of whom honked in support – but in dissent.















At the scene, they were outnumbered by journalists, photographers, and camera crews waiting for Mr. Trump’s departure to New York.







‘We’re just here to let him know we have his back,’ one woman told the sources. ‘Just like he’s always had ours… he’ll go up to New York and beat this very soon.’









Mr. Trump, who is vying for re-election in 2024, has accused the Manhattan district attorney of ‘political prosecution.’








He is the first serving or former American president to face criminal charges.














Other Republicans, including House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, have backed him up and accused the district attorney of using the criminal justice system to affect the outcome of the presidential election next year.






In response, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg stated that the accusations were brought by New York people performing their civic duty and that neither the former president nor Congress could interfere with the process.














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