Donald Trump has arrived in New York for a historic court appearance.
He is being investigated for paying hush money to a porn star who claims they had sex just before the 2016 election.
Authorities have increased security in anticipation of protests outside the Manhattan court on Tuesday.
Mr. Trump, 76, is the first ex-president of the United States to face criminal charges.
The Republican’s Monday trip from his home in Florida to New York, which was extensively covered by media outlets, was documented in a post titled “WITCH HUNT” on his Truth Social platform. US news outlets.
Hundreds of police and court officers, as well as Secret Service agents, are expected to accompany Mr Trump through the streets of New York to the Lower Manhattan court complex on Tuesday morning.
The hearing, which is scheduled to begin at 14:15 local time, will include a full explanation of the charges against him (19:15 BST). He will enter a not guilty plea, according to his attorneys.
The office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is where the former president is anticipated to first turn himself in.
Mr Trump is considered arrested and in custody once he has been fingerprinted and processed by officials. He will then be arraigned in court, which means the charges will be read to him and he will enter a plea.
Mr Trump is being investigated in connection with a $130,000 (£105,000) wire transfer to adult film star Stormy Daniels by his former attorney, Michael Cohen, prior to the 2016 presidential election.
The sexual relationship between Mr. Trump and Ms. Daniels has been denied by him.
Despite the fact that it is legal to conduct covert financial transactions, the Manhattan prosecutor is looking into possible record-keeping fraud in relation to the payment.
According to US media, Mr Trump faces at least one felony charge in the case. According to other reports, his indictment contains approximately 30 counts.
Media outlets lobbied Judge Juan Merchan to allow cameras inside the court, which Mr Trump’s legal team opposed because it would “create a circus-like atmosphere at the arraignment.”
However, on Monday night, Judge Merchan ruled that some press photographers will be allowed to take photographs for several minutes before the formal arraignment begins.
The ex-president is anticipated to be granted bail and return to his Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, on Tuesday night. He will make a speech there at 20:15 local time.
Throughout the nearly four-hour flight from West Palm Beach to LaGuardia Airport in Queens, live trackers followed his plane, which was painted red, white, and blue with the word “Trump” in large letters on the side.
The intersection around Trump Tower, the former president’s Manhattan residence, was packed with New Yorkers and tourists alike as they awaited his arrival.
At least five news helicopters hovered high above Fifth Avenue, with dozens of media crews setting up camp on every available corner.
He is said to have spent Monday night at Trump Tower having legal consultations with his team, which has expanded with the hiring of Todd Blanche, a former federal prosecutor and white-collar criminal defence attorney who previously represented former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Since the news of the allegations against him broke last week, Mr. Trump’s campaign for the presidency in 2024, according to his team, has raised more than $8 million.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams warned potential “rabble-rousers” to “control yourselves” during a press conference on Monday.
Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia congresswoman, plans to hold a pro-Trump rally near the court on Tuesday.
In contrast to the days preceding the 2021 Capitol riot by Trump supporters, New York officials say there has been no influx of protesters to the city in recent days.
President Joe Biden told reporters at a Minnesota event on Monday that he had no concerns about the unrest in New York, saying, “I have faith in the New York Police Department.”
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