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LIVE: Trump Arrives at Manhattan Court for Arraignment

LIVE: Trump Arrives at Manhattan Court for Arraignment

Scheduled in Manhattan at 2:15 P.M. ET. Trump to give speech from Mar-a-Lago tonight.

Former President Donald Trump’s arraignment has begun.


I’m going to post a lot of tweets with pictures and videos.

It’ll be easier that way because I don’t expect a lot of action.

A likely timeline of what will happen:

The former president will likely use a side entrance to the courthouse at 1 Hogan Place that is not accessible to the public around 1 p.m., roughly an hour before legal proceedings are set to begin.

The arraignment, which will be presided over by Justice Juan Merchan, will take about 15 to 30 minutes, while Trump is expected to plead not guilty to charges revolving around alleged hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

Heavy security is expected around the building with a limited amount of press, who will be thoroughly searched, allowed into the facility. The former president will be escorted to the courtroom for the arraignment, then is expected to leave the same way he came in.

From there, Trump plans to fly back to his Florida home to deliver remarks later this evening, though a potential gag order could limit what the former president is able to reveal about his case.


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So very tired of this story already. We know Trump will milk it for all its worth.

We’ve come this far in this circus, so why not go whole hog?

Gag orders, bar the press, argue for Trump to be held without bail.


“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

Bragg probably wears one of those wrist bands that says “What Would Beria Do?”

If the judge imposes a gag order on Trump, Trump should immediately respond with; “Respectfully, your honor, I don’t recognize your authority to impose such an order. It is in violation of my first amendment rights, and more importantly, the first amendment rights of the millions of my supporters who want to hear my message. I do not intend to observe such an order. “

    JohnSmith100 in reply to Wisewerds. | April 4, 2023 at 2:56 pm

    He should tell them that after he is out of their jurisdiction. Trump should also liquidate all assets in New York, the city is in a downward spiral In fact, most cities are doomed, in that they no longer have a good reason to exist.

    As much as I’d like to see that happen, the judge would most probably order him held in contempt of court at that moment and send him directly to jail. Far better for his lawyer to say something on the order of “Your Honor, since the prosecution has already begun leaking like a sprinkler before my client was even arraigned, all a gag order does is prevent him from exercising his First amendment right in return. With that in mind I would encourage Your Honor to reverse your decision, and if not, I will appeal it to (fill in court here.)”

    But I’m not a lawyer.

    Milhouse in reply to Wisewerds. | April 4, 2023 at 3:33 pm

    There is no doubt that the judge does have the authority. Gag orders are common throughout the justice system and the supreme court says they’re constitutional, but they’re subject to strict scrutiny. Judges can’t just impose them because they feel like it;

The drama is most certainly tiring. And disturbing. This level of legalistic Twister makes them look like they’re pursuing Capone. And, so far, every time it’s tried, they just come up with Capone’s Vault.

Can we get a better class of persecutors, please?

As Trump said, it IS surreal that this is happening in America. The glass ceiling is shattered. Will America be able to pick up the pieces?

Dershowitz says that he will be in court with a lawsuit if the judge dare issue a gag order,…IMO he will seal the indictment

Alvin Bragg is cut from the same cloth it’s Levrentiy Beria was, and I hope he dies the same way that communist filth did

It would be the height of hypocrisy for the judge to require the arraignment to be televised, but yet keep the charges sealed and/or issue a gag order on the defense.

Therefore that is exactly what I predict will happen.

AF_Chief_Master_Sgt | April 4, 2023 at 3:14 pm

Alvin Bragg is an affirmative action moron. He only got elected due the Soros funding and the idiocy of the Democrat Marxist voter who wanted to Get Trump.

My only regret about Trump was that he failed to indict and prosecute Cankles.

    He never intended to. I believed then and still believe that he intended, win or lose, to make up with the Clintons after the election. They were BFF until he entered the race, and he intended to go back to that after the race was over, regardless of the result. And had they had the grace to accept his overtures it would have been a very different administration, with them close to him and giving him advice. Thank God for their wounded feelings that caused them to reject him and demonize him, and thus drove him into the hands of the conservatives he was ready to ditch. Their vicious hatred made him the good president he was.

      BierceAmbrose in reply to Milhouse. | April 4, 2023 at 4:00 pm

      Exactly this, even more so…

      “Thank God for their wounded feelings that … drove him into the hands of the conservatives he was ready to ditch. Their vicious hatred made him the good president he was.”

      The Orange Crush was the easiest prezzy to manipulate that we’ve had in a long time — at least since Kennedy. The Screaming-D’s coulda gotten any policy, any behavior they wanted, if they could only bring themselves to let him think that was a win for him. Literally every policy they hate, hate, hate is entirely understandable as “You think I can’t? Screw you.” It’s not like The Feckless R’s coulda given him oppy to seem to win.

      Also how we wrangle The Donald as political presence, candidate, nominee, or prezzy. He gets to think he won when he does what we want.


      Jared Kushner said Trump wanted to establish a “cordial relationship with Hillary to unite the country” and show that he “had no intention of looking backward,”

      So terrible to put country in front of personality.

      Clinton said Feb, 2016 that they were “not friends,” but “knew each other, obviously, in New York.”

      Buyer beware! Speculation about what was intended, from an unreliable source with an anti-subject bias should be viewed with a skeptical eye. Especially comments that Trump would “ditch” conservatives, as if he was simply a Trojan horse, or he and the Clintons were “BFF,” and he “intended to go back to that after the race was over, regardless of the result.”

      Even on a day of infamy, some people cannot help themselves.

      AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to Milhouse. | April 4, 2023 at 7:47 pm

      Milhouse. I am happy to say that there are some things we agree on. Nice response.

The_Mew_Cat | April 4, 2023 at 3:32 pm

You know this case will be dragged out as long as possible for maximum drama.

Very sad day for America, President Trump and his family

We’re not voting ourselves out of this

So, the indictment looks to me like it facially violates due process, inasmuch as it is extremely vague. Has anyone heard someone who has some familiarity with New York criminal law and procedure commented on it?

    CA Warrior in reply to Wisewerds. | April 4, 2023 at 5:06 pm

    Misdemeanors that have run statute of limitations + prosecutor twisting interpretation to escalate to federal felonies + several major players in DAs office suffering from extreme TDS = catastrophic failure of case and possible disbarment of bragg and others.

    AND Trump gets a big boost in ratings and political capital for next year’s election. Thank You Liberals!

      Milhouse in reply to CA Warrior. | April 4, 2023 at 5:25 pm

      Not federal felonies. He can’t charge federal felonies. These are all state charges. Falsification is a misdemeanor, unless it’s in furtherance of another crime. That makes it a felony. So that’s what he’s relying on. He’s saying that Trump falsified the records in furtherance of a federal crime; thus the falsification becomes a felony and the base statute is five years.

        alaskabob in reply to Milhouse. | April 4, 2023 at 5:32 pm

        The five years is interesting in that the country required him to base out of Washington. He did not choose on his own to go. The indictment could have been made at anytime. within that 5 years but only instigated as campaign promises at this time by new officials. Yes..yes..the letter of the law as presently interpreted. Some say Pandora’s box has been opened… but I posit that by 2024 the box and its contents will go missing.

        txvet2 in reply to Milhouse. | April 4, 2023 at 6:53 pm

        Per FBN, the fact that no actual felony was specified is the telling point. They’ve got a bunch of misdemeanors (essentially 34 instances of the same misdemeanor), but no specified underlying crime, which is (per Fox) a violation of due process by not notifying the defendant of the (actual felonious) charges against him.

          Milhouse in reply to txvet2. | April 4, 2023 at 7:56 pm

          That makes no sense. The felony is the 34 falsification counts. That is the only thing he’s charged with. That it was (allegedly) done in furtherance of some other crime is what makes it a felony rather than a misdemeanor. But the other crime doesn’t — at this point — have to be specified. Obviously it will eventually have to be specified because how can you discuss it at trial without saying what it was? But since he’s not being charged with it it doesn’t have to be specified now.

If not now, when?


“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed;
If you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly;
You may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”

So the indictment is out, and it’s exactly as a bunch of people predicted.

Their ’34 counts’ are literally the recurring monthly payments that they made to Cohen, while he was employed.


These people are simply pathetic.

    Milhouse in reply to Olinser. | April 4, 2023 at 5:28 pm

    If it was for services. If it was really reimbursement, and it was hidden as services, then that’s a falsification. Pay it in installments, each of which is falsified, and you get multiple counts. It all rests on the claim that these payments were not really for lawful services rendered.

More surreal:

The 9th Circuit today awarded Trump an additional $121,962.56 in attorney fees Stormy Daniels, in addition to the $500,000 she already owes.

Required content in NY indictment

For example, if charged with a hate crime

A statement in each count that the grand jury, or, where the accusatory instrument is a superior court information, the district attorney, accuses the defendant or defendants of a designated offense, provided that in any prosecution under article four hundred eighty-five of the penal law, the designated offense shall be the specified offense, as defined in subdivision three of section 485.05 of the penal law, followed by the phrase “as a hate crime”, and provided further that in any prosecution under section 490.25 of the penal law, the designated offense shall be the specified offense, as defined in subdivision three of section 490.05 of the penal law, followed by the phrase “as a crime of terrorism”;

New York’s arraignment law seems archaic. I spent most of my legal career as a state prosecutor. When there was an arraignment, it was all done in writing or filed electronically. No one ever showed up in court, unless they were pro se.