(LifeSiteNews) — Former President Donald Trump has announced that he will appear in court in New York on Tuesday, April 4, and plead “not guilty” to the charges brought forward by Soros-backed District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
“I will be leaving Mar-a-Lago on Monday at 12 noon, heading to Trump Tower in New York,” Trump wrote on his social media platform Truth Social. “On Tuesday morning I will be going to, believe it or not, the Courthouse. America was not supposed to be this way!”
Trump’s attorney, Joe Tacopina, told CNN State of the Union host Dana Bash that the former president will “loudly and proudly” plead “not guilty.”
Trump announced that he will deliver remarks at his estate in Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida on the evening of April 4 in response to his court appearance scheduled for the same day.
Last week, Trump was indicted by a Manhattan grand jury on charges brought by Bragg in connection to alleged hush money payments made to pornography “actress” Stephanie Clifford, known as “Stormy Daniels,” during his 2016 presidential campaign.
Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen gave Clifford $130,000 during the campaign to keep quiet about an affair she and Trump allegedly had a decade prior. Trump has denied that the affair ever took place, and even Clifford said in 2018 that the affair had never occurred, though she later doubled back again. Though now accusing Trump of orchestrating the payoff, Cohen previously said Trump didn’t reimburse him for the payment to Clifford, according to a 2018 letter obtained by The Daily Mail.
The full content of the indictment has not been made public yet but is expected to be unsealed in the coming days.
Trump said that the indictment was part of a “Witch-Hunt” and represented “Political Persecution and Election Interference at the highest level in history.”
In an interview with Fox News Tucker Carlson, conservative commentator Glenn Beck opined that by indicting Trump the political left is “trying to inflame this country. They wanted violence from the right from the beginning. They can’t wait for it. They need it because if we strike out, look at January 6 … They want you to strike out. Why? Because then they can close the cage.”