Former President Donald Trump is expected to appear in court in Manhattan on Tuesday in a case related to hush money payments to a porn star during the 2016 presidential election.

Trump, the first former president in U.S. history to face criminal charges, will be fingerprinted and photographed upon arrival at the courthouse.

“I am not afraid of what’s to come,” said the former president in a fundraising email on Friday morning.

Trump allegedly ordered his lawyer, Michael Cohen, to pay adult film actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 to refrain from speaking about an affair while running against Democrat Hillary Clinton for president. Cohen served time in prison for lying to Congress about the payments.

Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter!

A week of political news in your in-box.
We find the news you need to know, so you don't have to.

Trump has already announced his candidacy for president in 2024, and his indictment will severely complicate the Republican primary race.

Despite the fact that the indictment has been expected for several weeks, Trump still dominates current Republican primary polling. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is the only real competitor to Trump at this time, with Republicans like former Vice President Mike Pence and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley trailing far behind.

None of Trump’s prospective Republican challengers have strongly condemned the former president, despite his relentless attacks against them.

It is unclear how Trump’s indictment and court proceedings will impact his 2024 campaign, or how RNC insiders will react.

The U.S. constitution does not prevent people from running for political office while incarcerated. It has happened before.

In 1920, Socialist candidate Eugene Debs ran for president from prison and won one million votes. He was convicted under the Sedition Act for protesting U.S. involvement in World War I.

Read more about:

Get the free uPolitics mobile app for the latest political news and videos

iPhone Android

Leave a comment