Trump faces criminal charges in court after historic indictment

By Aditi Sangal, Adrienne Vogt, Mike Hayes, Tori B. Powell, Kaanita Iyer, Amir Vera and Maureen Chowdhury, CNN

Updated 8:33 a.m. ET, April 5, 2023
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3:48 p.m. ET, April 4, 2023

The Trump indictment is now public. Read it here.   

From CNN's Tierney Sneed, Lauren Del Valle and Jeremy Herb

The historic indictment against former President Donald Trump has been unsealed and is now public. 

Prosecutors alleged Trump was part of an unlawful plan to suppress negative information, including an illegal payment of $130,000 that was ordered by the defendant to suppress the negative information that would hurt his campaign. 

The reason he committed the crime of falsifying business records was in part to “promote his candidacy,” the indictment alleges.  

This is the first time Trump and his lawyers can fully examine the extent of the charges against him, and what prosecutors must prove at trial. 

The criminal charges stem from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s investigation into hush-money payments, made during the 2016 presidential campaign, to women who claimed they had extramarital affairs with Trump, which he denies. 

Trump denies all wrongdoing and his lawyers have said they’ll fight to get the charges dropped.  

Read the full indictment here:

3:31 p.m. ET, April 4, 2023

Trump leaves Manhattan court after arraignment

(Source: WCBS)
(Source: WCBS)

Former President Donald Trump has left a Manhattan courtroom after his arraignment Tuesday.

He made no statement while leaving the courtroom. After leaving the courtroom, Trump left the building and got into his motorcade parked outside.

The former president pleaded not guilty to 34 counts, a source tells CNN.

6:30 p.m. ET, April 4, 2023

In photos: Former President Donald Trump appears in court

From CNN's Photo Desk

Former President Donald Trump appeared in court Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to 34 criminal charges against him.

The historic indictment against Trump has been unsealed. It's the first time that a current or former US president has been criminally charged.

The Manhattan district attorney's office has been investigating Trump's alleged role in a hush money payment scheme and cover-up involving adult film star Stormy Daniels that dates to the 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump has repeatedly denied wrongdoing in the matter and accused Democrats of targeting him politically.

See images from inside the court:

Former President Donald Trump sits in a Manhattan courtroom with his defense team on Tuesday, April 4.
Former President Donald Trump sits in a Manhattan courtroom with his defense team on Tuesday, April 4. (Seth Wenig/Pool/AP)

Trump walks through the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse on Tuesday.
Trump walks through the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse on Tuesday. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump's motorcade drives to the courthouse on Tuesday.
Trump's motorcade drives to the courthouse on Tuesday. (Bing Guan/Reuters)

Trump leaves Trump Tower in New York before heading to the courthouse on Tuesday.
Trump leaves Trump Tower in New York before heading to the courthouse on Tuesday. (Stephen Voss for CNN)

3:04 p.m. ET, April 4, 2023

Trump indictment has been unsealed, according to source

From CNN's Jake Tapper 

The indictment returned last week by a grand jury against former President Donald Trump has been unsealed, according to a source.

Trump pleaded not guilty to 34 criminal charges against him in a Manhattan criminal court Tuesday afternoon, a source familiar with the matter tells CNN.

The investigation stemmed from a hush money payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump officially became the first former president to face criminal charges Tuesday when he’s arraigned Tuesday.

3:36 p.m. ET, April 4, 2023

JUST IN: Trump pleads not guilty to 34 felony counts

From CNN's Jake Tapper and Lauren Del Valle

Former US President Donald Trump appears in court with members of his legal team.
Former US President Donald Trump appears in court with members of his legal team. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters/Pool)

Former President Donald Trump personally pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in the first degree in a Manhattan court after hearing charges against him.

The charges stem from an investigation into a hush money payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential campaign.

2:59 p.m. ET, April 4, 2023

Trump did not speak as advisers expected before entering the courtroom

Former President Donald Trump sits at the defense table with his defense team in a Manhattan court.
Former President Donald Trump sits at the defense table with his defense team in a Manhattan court. (Seth Wenig/Pool/AP)

Before entering the courtroom, former President Donald Trump did not make a statement — something some advisers had expected him to do.

"We had been under the impression he may make a brief statement before going in, and I think the fact that he didn't is notable," former Trump White House communications director Alyssa Farah Griffin, told CNN. "That indicates to me potentially what he saw in the indictment goes further than he expected to."

Griffin said his lack of a statement could also signify that "the attorneys are likely at odds with the comms advisers."

Advisers told CNN earlier Tuesday that the former president planned to deliver one brief line before heading inside of the courtroom. He is expected to speak to the cameras in the hallway outside of the Manhattan courtroom after his arraignment, according to one of Trump's lawyers, Chris Kise.

Details about the more than 30 charges Trump is facing will be revealed when the grand jury indictment is unsealed.

2:44 p.m. ET, April 4, 2023

See the first image of Trump inside the courtroom

Former President Donald Trump sits at the defense table with his defense team in a Manhattan court, Tuesday, April 4, 2023, in New York. 
Former President Donald Trump sits at the defense table with his defense team in a Manhattan court, Tuesday, April 4, 2023, in New York.  (Seth Wenig/AP)

This photo shows former President Donald Trump flanked by his attorneys inside Manhattan Criminal Court.

Remember: News outlets will not be allowed to broadcast the arraignment, a judge ruled Monday night, but five still photographers are allowed to take photos ahead of the proceedings.

2:43 p.m. ET, April 4, 2023

About those covered-up glass doors that Trump emerged from

From CNN's Shimon Prokupecz

The glass doors in Manhattan Criminal Court that former President Donald Trump and his lawyer briefly emerged from aren't normally blacked out like they are currently.

It is another one of the extra security measures being taken today. 

2:52 p.m. ET, April 4, 2023

NOW: Trump arraignment underway in criminal courtroom

From CNN staff

Former US President Donald Trump makes his way inside the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse in New York on April 4.
Former US President Donald Trump makes his way inside the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse in New York on April 4. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

Donald Trump — the first former president in history to face criminal charges — has entered a New York courtroom to be arraigned and is expected to plead not guilty.

Details about the more than 30 charges he is facing will be revealed when the grand jury indictment is unsealed. The indictment stems from an investigation related to a hush money payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Remember: News outlets will not be able to broadcast the arraignment live, a judge said Monday night, rejecting a request from several media organizations, including CNN.

Five still photographers, however, will be allowed to take pictures of Trump and the courtroom before the hearing begins.

 Watch here: