The front of the Manhattan Criminal Court, where Trump will appear before a judge, was filled with members of the press the day before.
While the police took extensive security measures by surrounding the court area with iron barriers, the streets and avenues in the court area were also closed to traffic.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who conducted the investigation against former President Donald Trump, came to the courthouse in the morning, while Republican Member of the House of Representatives George Santos entered the courthouse.
Small groups of anti-Trump and supporters also took their places in the park in front of the building reserved for them with police barriers since morning hours.
From time to time, verbal and physical taunts and clashes took place between people carrying banners calling for Trump’s support or punishment.
A Trump supporter, who gave his name as Dion, stated that Manhattan Attorney General Bragg should focus on crimes in New York instead of Trump, and said, “Bragg spends all his energies on Trump, leaving criminals on the street.”
“Trump is a terrible person and must be punished for his actions”
Zachary Machado, the anti-Trump in the other part of the park, argued that Trump’s actions should not be tolerated and said, “Trump is a terrible person and must be punished for what he has done. Just as justice is being done to all of us, he must face justice.”
Despite Trump’s earlier protest and call for support, announcing that he expected his arrest regarding the investigation, it was noteworthy that Trump supporters did not exceed 20-30 people.
Trump will appear in court this afternoon
Donald Trump is expected to appear in court at around 2:15 p.m. local time today.
Trump, who is a candidate for the 2024 presidential election in the USA, was indicted on March 18 by the grand jury as a result of the investigation conducted by the Manhattan District Attorney into paying adult movie star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 Presidential election.
Reacting to the accusations as a “political witch hunt”, Trump arrived in New York yesterday from his Florida mansion on a private plane to testify.
In the US media, there is information that there are more than 30 charges in the indictment against Trump.
Trump will be the first ex-president in American history to stand trial for an accusation against him.