Donald Trump to appear in court charged with 30 counts of business fraud

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    Donald Trump's court hearing has been set for 2.15pm ET – 7.15pm UK time – on Tuesday, April 4, a court spokesperson has confirmed.

    The former US president faces more than 30 charges – it's a major first for a president to face criminal charges.

    The charges relates to business fraud in the indictment issued on Thursday, according to court papers. The specific charges have not been publicly released as of yet, and it is still not entirely when this will happen.

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    It is the first time in American history that any current or former president has faced criminal charges, but it is not expected to prevent Trump from carrying on his presidential campaign.

    One of the most shocking allegations against the former president relates to a six-figure hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016 – shortly before Trump took office.

    His lawyer Michael Cohen handed the money to Ms Daniels in exchange for her silence over an alleged sexual liaison with Trump in 2006

    According to Ms Daniels, Trump asked her to dinner after they were introduced at a celebrity golf tournament.

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    The dinner was in his hotel room and after “just talking about himself” for a while, bragging about his face being on a magazine cover, and telling Ms Daniels “you remind me of my daughter,” he instigated sex.

    Describing Trump’s penis as being shaped “like a toadstool” Ms Daniels said the sex was the “worst 90 seconds of her life”.

    It’s a sexual liaison that Trump has always vehemently denied.

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    But it's been established that Cohen did pay Ms Daniels the money. He served a three-year sentence – most of it under house arrest – after pleading guilty in 2018 to campaign finance charges and lying to Congress.

    While he implicated his former boss in the campaign finance charges, Trump managed to avoid any serious legal penalties. Until now.

    Trump could potentially face a four-year jail term for a conviction on a felony bookkeeping charge, and there are other charges under consideration that could dramatically increase that term.

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    Even before the arrest, Deepfake photos and videos showing the divisive president in handcuffs had flooded the internet.

    But in reality Trump's legal team has struck a deal with prosecutors in Manhattan, and the former President will not be handcuffed when he surrenders.

    Trump's lawyer, Joe Tacopina, told ABC that his client "will not be put in handcuffs. I’m sure they’ll try to make sure they get some joy out of this by parading him."

    He added that the courthouse will close just before Trump arrives, and the e-president will then appear in front of a judge and plead not guilty.

    His team will file motions against the indictment, arguing against “the legal liability of this case”.

    “I’m sure they’ll try to get every ounce of publicity from this thing,” Tacopina said.

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