Donald Trump has been charged with 34 felony counts


Former president Donald Trump on Tuesday pleaded not guilty in a Manhattan courtroom to 34 counts stemming from 2016 hush money payments, but The indictment detailing the felony charges against former President Donald Trump has been released to the public. the first criminal charges for any former U.S. president. The case involves payoffs through an intermediary to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels to conceal an alleged affair ahead of the 2016 election. Trump, who is seeking the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, is a focus of three other criminal investigations, involving efforts to overturn the 2020 election results and Trump’s handling of classified documents after leaving the White House.

Here are the 34 charges against Trump and what they mean

Former president Donald Trump appeared at the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse on Tuesday to formally face charges after his indictment by a grand jury last week. He is the first former U.S. president to be criminally charged. Here’s what we know about the newly unsealed indictment, according to reporters in the courtroom. The full indictment is expected to be released soon.

What are the charges against Trump?

Trump is charged with 34 felony counts of falsifying business records, in a case involving hush money payments to an adult-film star, under Article 175 of the New York Penal Law.

Falsifying business records is a felony in New York when there is an “intent to defraud” that includes an intent to “commit another crime or to aid or conceal” another crime. In this case, prosecutors will have to prove that Trump is guilty of maintaining false business records with the intent to hide the $130,000 payment in the days before the 2016 election to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels to cover up an alleged 2006 affair.

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