On Tuesday, 45th President and leading 2024 presidential candidate Donald Trump will reportedly “loudly and proudly” plead “not guilty” to Manhattan’s Acting Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan, a judge hand picked by far-left District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
Trump’s defense lawyer, Joe Tacopina, laid out what is expected to happen on Tuesday to CNN’s Dana Bash during an interview on Sunday.
“In theory, it should be like hundreds of other arraignments that I have done in that building over the course of my career…you walk in. You see a judge. You plead not guilty. You set a schedule, and you leave,” he said.
“I honestly don’t know how this is going to go, but hopefully as smoothly as possible,” he prefaced.
“And then we begin the battle to right this wrong because it’s a day that in my opinion, the rule of law in the United States has died,” he added.
Tacopina explained what could happen still remains “very much up in the air.”
He said Trump will “very loudly and proudly say not guilty.”
“They’re not false entries, but assuming they were, they’re misdemeanors way beyond the statute of limitations, so they had to cobble them together to try and get a felony,” Tacopina explained.
On Tuesday, Trump is expected to be fingerprinted and have a mug shot taken in New York. After the booking is complete, Trump will appear before a judge for his arraignment where he will face 30 currently unknown charges due to Bragg’s sealed indictment.
Trump’s campaign announced on Sunday that after he flies back from New York to Palm Beach, Florida, on Tuesday, Trump is set to deliver remarks about his experience at his Mar-A-Lago club.
Trump’s lawyers are bracing for Judge Justice Juan Merchan to place a gag order on Trump in an attempt to prevent him from speaking about his arrest on Tuesday.
Under New York law, the fine for breaking a gag order holds a penalty of either 30 days in jail or a $1,000 fine.
“The Trump legal team now thinks that the Manhattan judge will take the unprecedented step of silencing the presidential frontrunner with an unconstitutional gag order tomorrow,” according to a report from the Daily Mail.
Bragg, who has been exposed as being funded by a group supported by far-left billionaire George Soros, was able to get a Manhattan grand jury to vote to indict Trump on Thursday.
Adult film “star” Stormy Daniels was ordered to pay Trump $300,000 after losing a defamation case against him. However, on Thursday, a Manhattan grand jury voted to indict President Trump over a $130,000 payment to Daniels made by his former lawyer and now convicted liar, Michael Cohen.
This makes Trump the first American president to ever face criminal charges.
The Color of Change PAC, the “nation’s largest online racial justice organization”, which was given $1 million in May 2021 from Soros, gave $1 million to Bragg, but later pulled back half of their donation.
“The Judge ‘assigned’ to my Witch Hunt Case, a ‘Case’ that has NEVER BEEN CHARGED BEFORE, HATES ME,” Trump announced on his top-rated social media platform, Truth Social, on Friday.
“His name is Juan Manuel Marchan, was hand picked by Bragg & the Prosecutors, & is the same person who ‘railroaded’ my 75 year old former CFO, Allen Weissenberg, to take a ‘plea’ deal (Plead GUILTY, even if you are not, 90 DAYS, fight us in Court, 10 years (life!) in jail,” Trump added.
“He strong armed Allen, which a judge is not allowed to do, & treated my companies, which didn’t ‘plead,’ VICIOUSLY. APPEALING,” Trump wrote.