An extraordinary moment in U.S. history is set to happen in a Manhattan courthouse as former President Donald Trump faces criminal charges stemming from 2016 hush money payments. The booking and arraignment are expected to be relatively brief, however, Trump will be fingerprinted, informed of the exact charges against him, and will plead not guilty. He will become the first former president to face criminal charges, and he may have his mug shot taken. Trump is scheduled to return to his Florida home on Tuesday evening to hold a rally, despite the pending criminal charges. A conviction would not prevent Trump from running for or winning the presidency in 2024. Prosecutors led by New York’s district attorney, Alvin Bragg, are expected to unseal the indictment, and this is when Trump and his defense lawyers will get their first glimpse of the precise allegations against him. The investigation is scrutinizing six-figure payments made to porn actor Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal. Both say they had sexual encounters with Trump before he got into politics. Trump denies having sexual liaisons with either woman and has denied any wrongdoing involving payments. Security in New York is high, and police are braced for protests by Trump supporters, who share the former president’s belief that the indictment is politically motivated. Prosecutors say their case against Trump has nothing to do with politics.

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