- Trump appeared in court for his arraignment on Tuesday.
- Three courtroom sketch artists captured scenes from inside the Manhattan courtroom where it happened.
- The illustrations documented what cameras couldn’t after electronics were banned from the courtroom.
Courtroom sketches captured the arraignment of former President Donald Trump after cameras, phones, and electronics were banned at the start of the proceedings on Tuesday.
Trump is the first current or former US president to ever face criminal charges. He was arrested on Tuesday afternoon following his Thursday indictment.
Trump pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records. The charges were related to a yearslong investigation into Trump’s role in a $130,000 election-eve hush-money payment made by his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to the porn star Stormy Daniels, back in 2016.
Reporters for a few publications were let in through the doors, but they were asked to leave shortly after 2 p.m., before proceedings kicked off.
Ahead of the hearing, Merchan banned the use of all electronic devices including cell phones and laptops.
Bragg spoke about the nearly three dozen felony charges leveled against Trump during a news conference after the hearing.
“That is exactly what this case is about: 34 false statements made to cover up other crimes,” Bragg said. “These are felony crimes in New York state no matter who you are. We cannot and will not normalize serious criminal conduct.”
Source: Insider, Manhattan District Attorney
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Trump did not smile and hardly spoke during the hearing, and gave single-word answers to questions from Merchan, Insider’s Azmi Haroun and Jacob Shamsian reported.
“That this indictment involves a matter of monumental significance cannot possibly be disputed,” Merchan wrote in a court order on Monday.
“Never in the history of the United States has a sitting or past President been indicted on criminal charges,” Merchan added.