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Read Donald Trump’s 34-count indictment in full

The 16-page document was released on the afternoon of Tuesday (4 April) shortly after Trump’s arraignment

Andrew Feinberg
Wednesday 05 April 2023 14:48 BST
Five takeaways from Donald Trump’s indictment documents

Donald Trump’s 34-count indictment brought by a New York grand jury has finally been unsealed.

The 16-page document was released on the afternoon of Tuesday (4 April) shortly after Mr Trump surrendered to be arrested and arraigned at the Manhattan Criminal Court - making him the first former US president to be a defendant in a criminal case.

Mr Trump pleaded not guilty in proceedings before New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan, the same judge who last year presided over the criminal tax fraud trial of two of the ex-president’s companies.

The indictment in People of the State of New York v Donald J Trump lays out the specific charges against the twice-impeached ex-president, who has spent the five days since it became known that he’d been indicted railing against the case and attacking the Manhattan prosecutors who are leading it.

It alleges that he falsified records to conceal payments to two women with whom he had affairs, in order to silence them and keep their accounts of their liaisons from harming his chances of winning the 2016 presidential election.

The women who Mr Trump is thought to have paid are Stormy Daniels, an adult film actress whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, and former Playboy model Karen McDougal. Ms McDougal was paid $150,000 by the National Inquirer for her silence, while Ms Daniels was paid by Mr Trump’s then-lawyer, Michael Cohen, in a scheme which led to Cohen spending a year in federal prison and two more on home confinement.

Read the indictment in full:

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