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Former president Donald Trump pleads not guilty to 34 felony counts

By Dylan Wells, Shayna Jacobs and David Nakamura

04 Apr 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

As expected, Donald Trump pleaded not guilty to charges related to payments to silence a porn actress during his 2016 presidential campaign. The Post reports on the hour-long arraignment in New York.

NEW YORK — In the city that made him famous, under extraordinary courtroom security, Donald Trump pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 34 felony counts related to payments to silence an adult film actress during his 2016 presidential campaign. He is the first former or sitting U.S. president to be criminally charged.

The charges — falsifying business records in the first degree — were announced at an arraignment hearing Tuesday afternoon, and detailed in an indictment released immediately after.

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