Trump expected to be arraigned in court next week: reports

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to be arraigned in court next Tuesday afternoon, according to media reports on Friday.

The reports came a day after Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's office said that they contacted Trump's attorney to "coordinate his surrender" for arraignment.

Trump reportedly faces more than 30 counts related to business fraud in an indictment from a Manhattan grand jury on Thursday, which was filed under seal.

Trump's attorney, Joe Tacopina, said on Friday that his client will not accept a plea deal and does plan to file "substantial legal challenges" to the indictment.

Tacopina added that Trump will "absolutely" voluntarily surrender to Manhattan law enforcement and that his client "will not be put in handcuffs."

Juan Merchan, acting justice for the New York County Supreme Court, will reportedly preside over the case, which stems from Bragg's investigation into alleged hush money payments Trump made to an adult film actress ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Trump has denied wrongdoing and alleged that the criminal inquiry and others relating to him are all politically motivated.

Trump is reportedly scheduled to be arraigned at 2:15 p.m. (1815 GMT) next Tuesday in Merchan's courtroom in New York City.

The case has been closely watched since it's the first time in U.S. history that a former president has been criminally charged.

Trump, 76, served as U.S. president from January 2017 to January 2021 and is again running for the White House.

Sitting U.S. President Joe Biden, a Democrat, told reporters before leaving the White House for a trip to Mississippi on Friday that he won't talk about Trump's indictment. 

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