On Sunday, the lawyer representing former President Donald Trump, Joe Tacopina, went on CNN's State of the Union and told host Dana Bash that his client intends to plead "not guilty" on Tuesday when he appears in a Manhattan court to respond to a recent indictment out of District Attorney Alvin Bragg's office.
The host asked Tacopina if Trump expected to take a mugshot and the attorney answered "this is not not normal operating procedure. It's all up in the air. All the Tuesday stuff is still very much up in the air other than the fact that we will very loudly and proudly say not guilty."
Trump announced on Sunday that he would respond with remarks about the indictment from his Mar-a-Lago estate on Tuesday night.
That indictment contains at least one felony count and concerns accounting records regarding alleged hush money payouts made to porn star Stormy Daniels by Trump's then lawyer Michael Cohen. Bragg's case against Trump alleges he falsified business records and that his company accounted for $130,000 to be paid to Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer, who allegedly acted as a passthrough in order to pass the hush money along to Daniels.
The indictment out Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg's office was filed under seal and the nature of the one felony charge has not been released. The charges are expected to be unsealed in the coming days and at that time Bragg will have asked for Trump’s surrender in order to face arraignment and it has been reported Trump will appear Tuesday in NYC to attend to the matters.
Many are calling Bragg's indictment a political prosecution.
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