New York, April 4: Former US President Donald Trump is expected to appear before a specially secured Manhattan courthouse on Tuesday to be arraigned on history-making criminal charges related to paying hush money to a porn star during his 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump, 76, flew to New York City in his Boeing 757 aircraft from his Mar-a-Lago home on Monday and arrived at the La Guardia airport around 3 pm EST (12.30 am IST).

His motorcade then made its way to the Trump Tower on 5th Avenue in Manhattan where he will stay for the night. Streets around the high-end Trump Tower have been cordoned off, with heavy police presence in and around the area. The former President waved at scores of his supporters as he came out from the SUV and was escorted immediately inside the building. Donald Trump Case: Manhattan Grand Jury To Take a Planned Month-Long ‘Break’.

Trump, the first former US President to face a criminal charge, will appear before Judge Juan Merchan at 2.15 pm EST (11.45 pm IST) on Tuesday. American media quoted Trump's attorneys as saying that the former president will plead not guilty. After his court appearance, Trump will immediately fly back to Florida where he will deliver remarks at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach in the evening.

The arraignment proceeding is expected to be brief. The charges in the indictment will be read to him at the hearing, which is set to last about 10-15 minutes. Trump has denied all wrongdoings in connection with the payments made to Stormy Daniels, 44, ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Trump is expected to have his mugshot taken. A mugshot is a photograph taken by law enforcement agencies when an individual is arrested and booked.

Trump's lawyers on Monday urged Judge Merchan not to allow cameras inside the courtroom.

“We submit that the media request should be denied because it will create a circus-like atmosphere at the arraignment, raise unique security concerns, and is inconsistent with President Trump's presumption of innocence,” his lawyers wrote in a letter said to Judge Merchan.

News outlets will not be allowed to broadcast Trump's arraignment, the judge said Monday night, but he will allow some photographers to take pictures in the courtroom before the proceedings formally begin.

"WITCH HUNT," Trump, a Republican, wrote on his Truth Social platform shortly before travelling from his home in Florida on Monday. The indictment comes as Trump faces legal hurdles in other potential criminal cases. Trump is currently the front-runner among all declared and potential contenders for the 2024 Republican White House nomination. But there is nothing in the US law that prevents a candidate, who is found guilty of a crime, from campaigning for and serving as President -- even from prison.

Trump was twice impeached by the House of Representatives. He was acquitted by the Senate both times. Trump and his aides are using the indictment to rile up his supporters and bolster his 2024 re-election campaign.

“It's hard to believe that I will be ARRESTED tomorrow as a result of the most disgraceful witch hunt in our nation's history,” a Trump Campaign mail titled ‘Tomorrow, I will be arrested' said, as it urged voters to make a “contribution” to his campaign given that the “fate of our Republic” is “on the line”.

Trump's team claimed that he has “raised over USD 4 million” in the 24 hours following Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's "unprecedented political persecution of the President, and blatant interference in the 2024 election against the leading Republican presidential candidate”.

Another Trump Campaign email said that November 5, 2024 “will no longer just be an Election Day. It will be our Vindication Day. When we win, it will be a vindication for our movement - but also a vindication for America”. US: Donald Trump Indicted Over Hush Money by Manhattan Grand Jury; First Former President Charged With Crime.

President Joe Biden, who was travelling to Minnesota, refrained from commenting on the legal battle that his predecessor is facing. Talking to reporters in Minneapolis, he exuded confidence that law and order would be maintained in New York City.

“I have faith in the New York Police Department,” he said. “The president is focused on delivering for the American people. That's what he wakes up and thinks about each day. We're on our way to Minnesota where we'll talk about the Invest in America tour,” Olivia Dalton, White House Deputy Press Secretary, told reporters during an Air Force One gaggle.

“He's also talking about all the ways in which they've created an ecosystem for the private sector to invest in America as well,” Dalton said in response to a question. Last week, Trump exuded confidence that he would win “this battle” as well as the 2024 presidential elections.

“When this election is over, I will be the president of the United States, you will be vindicated and proud, and the thugs and criminals who are corrupting our justice system will be defeated, discredited, and totally disgraced," Trump said. Alina Habba, who represents Trump in several civil matters, spent time with the former president in New York today and said, “He's in good spirits. Honestly, he's as he normally would be. He's ready to go in and do what he needs to do tomorrow.”

Habba, appearing on 'Fox News' was asked about the “game plan” for Trump's appearance in court in Manhattan Tuesday and said, “It's all mapped out.”

She added, “Barring any surprises, I think that it should be smooth. We're trying to coordinate and cooperate with everybody to make sure that there are no problems.” On whether Trump can get a fair trial in Manhattan, Habba said,

“No, no. I think it's very difficult. I'd like to have faith in this state, but I've been practicing for him now for a couple of years and gone to court in New York for a few years, and I can tell you, it's not the same as representing anybody else."

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