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Trump charged with 34 felony counts

The counts were related to falsifying business documents and hush money payments.
President Donald Trump addresses the crowd at a rally held in the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019.
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President Donald Trump addresses the crowd at a rally held in the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019.

Former President Donald Trump was arraigned on Tuesday afternoon in Manhattan and charged with 34 felony counts of falsifying business documents. He pleaded not guilty.

Trump, the only ex-president in history to be charged with a crime, was indicted on Thursday. Trump surrendered and was put under arrest on Tuesday, shortly before his arraignment began.   

All charges involve alleged hush money payments that occurred during the former president’s 2016 campaign.

Being indicted does not prevent Trump from running or serving as president in 2024, nor would a conviction. 

Prosecutors alleged the hush money payments, made in the form of several checks, involved Trump and his lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen attempting to suppress negative information that could’ve tainted his campaign.

The alleged payments came to $310,000 in three separate incidents. The prosecution is alleging Trump ordered these payments to suppress said negative information, such as extramarital sexual encounters during his 2016 campaign.

Trump has denied all past affairs with the women involved in the case as well as the payments made to cover up the allegations.

According to the charging documents, Trump “repeatedly and fraudulently falsified New York business records to conceal criminal conduct that hid damaging information from the voting public during the 2016 presidential election.”

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