NEW YORK — Former President Donald Trump pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 34 felony charges stemming from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's investigation into the hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels. Trump is the first U.S. president ever to be criminally charged.
"These are felony crimes in New York state, no matter who you are," Bragg told reporters at a press conference after the former president's arraignment. "We cannot and will not normalize serious criminal conduct.”
Trump, who spent Monday night at Trump Tower, was arraigned at the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse on Tuesday afternoon before flying back to Florida for an evening event at Mar-a-Lago.
"I never thought anything like this could happen in America," Trump said in a speech during which he railed about Bragg and the other investigations he is currently facing.
For a complete recap of the historic events from our reporters on the ground in New York City and elsewhere, see the blog below.