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Everything You Need To Know About Donald Trump’s Arraignment

What to read to understand the unprecedented case against the former president.

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Donald Trump surrendered to New York authorities on April 4 and was charged with 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in the first degree. The case against the former president centers on his alleged involvement in hush money payments made ahead of the 2016 election. Trump, who has pleaded not guilty, is the first former U.S. president to be charged with a crime.

Read on to learn more about what the charges involve, the complicated legal matters at issue, other ongoing investigations into Trump’s activities, and what this case means for the 2024 presidential election. Plus: the only other time a U.S. president was arrested.

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Key Players in the Trump Hush Money Case

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With the world watching as former President Trump makes history with his court appearance to face criminal charges, attention now turns to the key figures in the case who will help determine his fate.