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Metal barriers have been erected around Trump Tower and roads blocked near the Manhattan Criminal Court building in anticipation of protests in response to former President Donald Trump’s expected surrender to prosecutors on 4 April. It is the first time a US President has faced criminal charges. Trump has been indicted for making illegal payments to porn star Stormy Daniels, with Trump calling the investigation a “political witch hunt.” Supporters of Trump, including Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, are expected to protest, with police on standby for hundreds or even thousands of people.
Trump is going to surrender to prosecutors in New York: the city is afraid of protests and erect barricades
The NYPD has erected metal barriers around Trump Tower. It also blocked roads near the Manhattan Criminal Court building in preparation for possible protests ahead of Donald Trump’s expected surrender to prosecutors on Tuesday (April 4), Reuters reported.
The 45th President of the United States is due to appear in court on April 4 in the afternoon. This is a mandatory action after he was charged with covert illegal payment of money to porn star Stormy Daniels. He became the first US President (resigned or incumbent) to face criminal charges.
Trump calls the investigation a “political witch hunt.” And his supporters, including controversial Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Green, say they will travel to New York on April 4 to protest. Police expect hundreds or even thousands of people to join the protests. The downtown courthouse, home to the criminal and supreme courts, will close some courtrooms ahead of Trump’s expected arrival.
A court official said the courtrooms on the upper floors of the courthouse would close at 1:00 p.m., shortly before Trump’s expected arraignment at 2:15 p.m. He also said that many court cases will be transferred to a building located across the street from the main court building.
The Young Republican Club of New York said it plans to hold a protest in a park across the street from the courthouse. Green, one of Trump’s most vocal congressional supporters, says she will attend.
“Protest is a constitutional right,” Green said on Twitter. And she added that she would “protest against this unprecedented abuse of the judiciary and election interference.”
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The New York City Police Department (NYPD) said there were no specific threats to the city, but they are still taking precautions.
“The Department, as always, stands ready to act as needed and will ensure that everyone can peacefully exercise their rights,” the NYPD said in a statement.
Some social media users called for the killing of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and the jurors who indicted Trump. This data was collected by Site Intelligence Group, a company that monitors online extremism.
Trump called for protests, but many of his supporters are not ready to go out for fear they could be arrested. At least that’s what they’re talking about on social media.
What to Expect from Trump’s Arrival at the Manhattan Attorney’s Office
Trump is expected to fly into New York from Florida today (April 3) and spend the night at Trump Tower. And on April 4, early in the morning, he will arrive at the courthouse. There he will be formally charged. This procedure includes fingerprinting, mugshot (frontal and profile photo), and meeting with the judge.
While the spectacle is sure to draw massive media attention, it is not yet clear if it will draw many protesters. Although Trump is a native New Yorker, voters here don’t support him much, with 23% of the city’s residents voting for him in 2020 and 18% in 2016.
Trump is expected to be released on bail. He has already announced his intention to return to Florida on the same day, where he plans to speak to supporters.
The essence of the accusations
Last week, a jury in New York voted to indict Trump. This means that, in their opinion, there is enough evidence to bring criminal charges against him. In the weeks prior, jurors had heard evidence and witnesses. The specific charges are still classified, most likely they will be released tomorrow (April 4) after Trump is served with the indictment.
All the fuss started because of the porn star Stormy Daniels. She claims that in 2006 she had sex with the married Trump, the politician himself denies this. And in 2016 (just in the midst of the election campaign), she tried to sell her story about what happened to the media. Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid her $130,000 to keep quiet. This type of payment is called “money for silence” and is not in itself illegal.
The infraction was that Trump tried to hide the payment and allegedly falsified his business records, indicating that the payment was made “for legal services.” Cohen himself pleaded guilty in this case back in 2018 and served three years.
Will Trump face jail?
The most likely outcome at the end of this trial will be a fine. But there is also the possibility that Trump could be sent to prison (for a maximum of four years). But legal experts said he was unlikely to go to jail.
But even if this happens, the conclusion will not prevent Trump from running for president and even ruling the country (such are the laws of the United States).
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