Former President Donald Trump was arraigned in a Manhattan courtroom on Tuesday on charges of making false statements on financial disclosure forms and violating campaign finance laws.
Judge Juan Merchan oversaw the proceedings, which were attended by a large crowd of supporters and journalists. The judge ruled that five pool photographers could take photos for several minutes before the arraignment began, but cameras were not allowed in the courtroom.
Trump pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on his own recognizance. The judge set a trial date for three months from now.
The former president’s legal team argued that the charges were politically motivated and should be dismissed. They also accused the district attorney’s office of leaking details of the indictment to the media.
The district attorney’s office denied the allegations, saying that the indictment was based on evidence and the law.
“This case is not about politics,” the district attorney said in a statement. “It is about holding individuals accountable for their actions.”
The arraignment drew a large crowd of supporters and protesters outside the courthouse, with some Trump supporters calling the charges a “witch hunt” and others calling for justice to be served.
The trial is expected to draw widespread media attention and could have significant implications for the future of American politics.