Former President Donald Trump posted to Truth Social as he was en route to the Manhattan district attorney's office and courthouse ahead of his arraignment, writing:
“Heading to Lower Manhattan, the Courthouse. Seems so SURREAL — WOW, they are going to ARREST ME. Can’t believe this is happening in America. MAGA!”
1:41 p.m. ET, April 4, 2023
Here are the key players in the arraignment of Donald Trump
Former President Donald Trump has arrived at the Manhattan district attorney's office in lower Manhattan, where he is under arrest and in police custody before his upcoming arraignment.
Soon, Trump is expected to be brought to a courtroom, where he will be arraigned.
Here's a look at the key players involved in this unprecedented moment in US history:
1:33 p.m. ET, April 4, 2023
Here's what is expected to unfold inside the Manhattan courthouse
From CNN staff
Donald Trump is in police custody at the Manhattan district attorney's office ahead of his arraignment in court today where he will officially become the first current or former US president in history to face criminal charges.
Although many details around his arraignment in New York are still unclear, this is what we know about how the rest of the events are expected to go:
6:30 p.m. ET, April 4, 2023
Trump is under arrest ahead of arraignment
From CNN's Jeremy Herb
Former President Donald Trump has arrived at the district attorney's office in lower Manhattan, where he is under arrest and in police custody before his upcoming arraignment.
Trump is expected to be fingerprinted as part of the arrest, though it's still unclear whether his mugshot will be taken. He will next be brought to a courtroom, where he will be arraigned — an appearance that is expected to be quick and routine but represents a surreal and historic moment in US history.
Trump is not expected to be handcuffed following his arrest, as he will remain under constant law enforcement protection.
1:38 p.m. ET, April 4, 2023
Trump is arriving downtown at district attorney's office
Former President Donald Trump is arriving at the Manhattan district attorney’s office where he is expected to surrender before arraignment on a grand jury indictment.
1:20 p.m. ET, April 4, 2023
Trump expressed interest in having a mugshot taken, sources say
From CNN's Kaitlan Collins
As his legal team navigated the logistics of his arraignment, former President Donald Trump privately expressed an interest in having his mugshot taken, even as others said it was unlikely that would ultimately happen when he’s inside the Manhattan Criminal Court building, according to two sources.
Trump and his team have viewed today’s legal proceeding through the lens of a way to benefit his 2024 campaign. They have bragged about fundraising and deliberated about merchandise options. A picture of the former president’s booking was seen as a benefit to some for that.
1:23 p.m. ET, April 4, 2023
As former president prepares to leave Trump Tower, all potential looming cases are on his mind
From CNN's Jeff Zeleny
As he prepares to leave his namesake Trump Tower any minute, it’s not just the Manhattan Criminal Court that is on Donald Trump’s mind today.
These cases, taken together, could dominate the rest of the primary season.
“It will be a constant rallying cry for his supporters,” a Trump political adviser tells CNN.
While he has trumpeted the short term political benefit from the indictment — repeatedly touting claims of $8 million raised in the last four days — Trump also has expressed a sense of apprehension about what’s to come this afternoon and beyond — the legal system is something he holds far less control over than the political arena.
1:03 p.m. ET, April 4, 2023
Some in Trump’s orbit worry Manhattan jury indictment will be first in a series
From CNN's Sara Murray
Some in former President Donald Trump’s inner circle are worried that today could be just the first in a series of indictments.
“I could very easily see a situation where you have cascading indictments,” one Trump source said.
Republican lawmakers and rival 2024 candidates have bashed the New York indictment as a political prosecution. But with Trump facing two federal probes into his handing of classified documents and January 6, as well as a criminal probe in Georgia, some of Trump’s allies said they are less certain whether the drumbeat of support would withstand charges in multiple cases.
It may not be a long wait to see if Trump will face charges in other investigations. Charging decisions in Georgia could come as soon as this spring, CNN has reported. And the Justice Department is taking steps indicative of an investigation that’s wrapping up in the Mar-a-Lago documents probe.
12:58 p.m. ET, April 4, 2023
Trump’s indictment in New York removes "going first" factor for other investigations into former president
From CNN's Evan Perez
There’s a rip-off-the-band-aid factor to today’s New York arrest and arraignment of Former President Donald Trump.
It’s an intangible aspect that Justice Department officials have long thought eventually federal prosecutors would confront: Would they be the first to charge a former president with a crime?
Now, New York City prosecutors have done it.
Justice officials say Special Counsel Jack Smith won’t be swayed by the case brought by the New York District Attorney.
The cases are separate and won’t be affected by today’s unprecedented events, officials say.
In appointing Smith, Attorney General Merrick Garland said he expected investigators “to make decisions indisputably guided only by the facts and the law.”
There are growing indications that Smith and his team are nearing a crucial point in their classified documents investigation, which could include possible charges of illegal retention of national security documents and obstruction of justice.
As with any prosecution, Smith will have to weigh his discretion on whether the charges are appropriate.
One factor that won’t have to be weighed: Being the first to charge the former president with a crime.