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Trump indictment: Trump faces some 2 dozen counts, including felonies, sources say

ABC News 4/3/2023

Donald Trump was indicted by a Manhattan grand jury on Thursday, becoming the first former U.S. president to face criminal charges.

It was not immediately clear what the indictment was connected to, or what charges Trump will face. The indictment is under seal.

Trump is expected to surrender in New York City early this week, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.


Latest Developments

Apr 2, 9:09 PM

No other proceedings on 15th floor of courthouse while Trump is there: Official

There will be no other court proceedings on the 15th floor of the New York State Supreme Courthouse while Donald Trump is there for his arraignment, according to a court official.

A number of other state Supreme Court cases have been adjourned to limit the number of people in the courthouse during the former president’s appearance.

The streets around the building will be blocked off and traffic stopped during Trump's movements to and from the building.

Court security officers and the U.S. Secret Service will handle security inside and the immediate perimeter. The NYPD will contribute and also work a wider perimeter, handle traffic and monitor any protests.

-ABC News' Aaron Katersky

Apr 2, 11:09 AM

Trump to speak at Mar-a-Lago Tuesday night

Following his expected arraignment on Tuesday in New York City, former President Donald Trump announced he would speak that evening from Mar-a-Lago.

The former president is slated to give remarks at 8:15 p.m., according to a press release.

-ABC News' Olivia Rubin

Apr 2, 10:33 AM

America split on Trump indictment: Poll

While 45% of Americans believe former President Donald Trump should face charges in an investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, 32% say he shouldn't have been indicted, according to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll.

Another 23% of American say they don't know whether the nation's 45th president should face charges.

While the charges have not been announced, a Manhattan grand jury that indicted Trump had been hearing evidence in a $130,000 hush money payment Trump allegedly made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who claims they had an affair. Trump has denied the allegations.

The poll showed a split in opinions along party lines. While 88% of Democrats said Trump should face charges, 62%, of Republicans said the former president should not have been charged while 16% said he should be charged, and the remainder was uncertain.

About 47% of Americans polled say the charges are politically motivated, echoing the sentiment from top GOP figures. About 79% of Republicans hold that view.

-ABC News' Brittany Shepherd

Apr 2, 9:39 AM

Trump's lawyer hopes his arraignment is 'typical' and quick

Trump's lawyer said on Sunday on ABC's "This Week" that he doesn't know what to expect when the former president is arraigned on Tuesday in New York City, given the historic nature of Trump's indictment.

"This is unprecedented. I don't know. I've done a million arraignments in that courthouse with celebrities and whatnot. But this is a whole different thing. We have Secret Service involved. I understand they're closing the courthouse for the afternoon. I just don't know what to expect to see," Joe Tacopina told "This Week" anchor George Stephanopoulos.

He likened the case to "persecution" and said the charges, which remain under seal, "revolved around" Trump paying money to adult film actress Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election to keep her from going public with a claim of an affair that Trump denies.

He told Stephanopoulos that he didn't know whether Trump would hold a press conference on Tuesday after he is arraigned.

"What I hope is that we get in and out of there as quickly as possible, that it's, at the end of the day, a typical arraignment," he said.

-ABC News' Tal Axelrod

Mar 31, 8:49 PM

Trump expected to travel to New York on Monday

Former President Donald Trump is expected to travel to New York on Monday, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.

He is expected to appear in court on Tuesday at the earliest, the sources said, on what is expected to be around two dozen counts - including felonies.

The exact charges are unknown since the indictment will not be unsealed until Trump appears in court.

-ABC News’ Aaron Katersky, Katherine Faulders, John Santucci

Mar 31, 6:08 PM

Why Trump indictment might hinge on a 'novel legal theory'

As legal experts speculate on what charges lay inside the sealed indictment ahead of former President Donald Trump's expected surrender on Tuesday afternoon, many predict that prosecutors could try out a new legal theory to justify bringing the charges.

"This could be a novel legal theory," said Kate Shaw, a law professor at Cardozo and ABC News contributor, speculating on what charges the public could see against Trump while stressing it's unknown until the indictment is unsealed.

Read more here.

-ABC News' Libby Cathey

Mar 31, 5:33 PM

Trump faces around 2 dozen counts, including felonies, sources say

Former President Donald Trump has been charged with around two dozen counts, including felonies, sources familiar with the sealed indictment told ABC News.

The exact charges remain unknown since the indictment will not be unsealed until Trump appears in court on Tuesday.

The Manhattan district attorney’s office declined to comment.

Mar 31, 4:51 PM

Senate sergeant at arms warns of potential demonstration activity

The Senate sergeant at arms is warning of potential demonstration activity related to the indictment of former President Donald Trump.

"While law enforcement is not tracking any specific, credible threats against the Capitol or state offices, there is potential for demonstration activity," an email obtained by ABC News said.

Capitol Police "is working with law enforcement partners, so you may observe a greater law enforcement presence on Capitol Hill," the email said, adding that there could be "nationwide impacts to Senate state offices."

The Capitol Police declined to comment and the sergeant at arms didn't immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

-ABC News' Luke Barr

Mar 31, 1:25 PM

Ivanka Trump speaks out

Former President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, reacted to the indictment on Instagram Friday, writing, "I love my father, and I love my country. Today, I am pained for both."

She added, "I appreciate the voices across the political spectrum expressing support and concern."

FILE - Former President Donald Trump and daughter Ivanka Trump, Jan. 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. © Drew Angerer/Getty Images, FILE FILE - Former President Donald Trump and daughter Ivanka Trump, Jan. 4, 2020 in Washington, DC.
Mar 31, 4:01 PM

How DA could use hush money payment to Playboy model Karen McDougal to bolster Trump case

Sources familiar with the matter told ABC News the Manhattan district attorney’s office is also investigating a $150,000 payment to Playboy model Karen McDougal, who, like Stormy Daniels, claimed to have had an affair with Donald Trump.

The former president has denied having an affair with either woman and has called the investigation a witch hunt.

McDougal was paid for the rights to her story in August 2016 by American Media, publisher of the National Enquirer, which did not publish it, a practice known as catch and kill.

Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, has said he recorded Trump discussing reimbursement to American Media for the payment to McDougal, but the payment was never made.

Trump has not responded to ABC News' request for comment but in a 2018 interview with Fox News, he claimed he wasn't aware of any payment made to AMI to facilitate the alleged hush agreement.

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