Donald Trump is due to be fingerprinted and photographed in a New York courthouse next week as he becomes the first ex-president to face criminal charges, in a case involving a 2016 hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.
A New York judge on Friday authorized Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg to make the charges public, but it was not clear when he would do so.
For nearly two weeks, Trump has been using the legal threats he confronts to raise money and rally supporters as he seeks his party’s nomination to challenge Democratic President Joe Biden next year.
The first U.S. president to try to overthrow an election defeat, inspiring the deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol, has signaled he will continue to campaign even as he faces charges.
I am not afraid of what’s to come,” he said in a fundraising email on Friday.
The specific charges are not yet known, though CNN reported that Trump faced more than 30 counts related to business fraud.
Susan Necheles, a Trump attorney, told Reuters the former president will plead not guilty.
Another Trump lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, said Trump will not have to wear handcuffs at his court appearance and will likely be released without having to post bail.
“He’s ready to fight. He’s gearing up,” Tacopina told Reuters in a phone interview.
Trump’s claims of political interference have been echoed by many of his fellow Republicans and his potential rivals in the 2024 race.