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Donald Trump pleads not guilty to 34 counts, source says

Trump indictment has been unsealed, according to source

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Former US President Donald Trump appears in court with members of his legal team. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters/Pool)

A source reports that former President Donald Trump pleaded not guilty to 34 counts in a Manhattan court after being presented with charges related to an investigation into a payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels as hush money during the 2016 presidential campaign.

According to a source, the grand jury indictment against former President Donald Trump, which was returned last week, has now been unsealed.

On Tuesday afternoon, Trump pleaded not guilty to 34 criminal charges in a Manhattan criminal court, as per a source familiar with the matter who spoke to CNN.

The charges stem from an investigation into a hush money payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump’s arraignment on Tuesday marked him as the first former president to face criminal charges.

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Former President Donald Trump chose not to make a statement before entering the courtroom, which surprised some of his advisors who had expected him to speak.

According to a source, this lack of statement could indicate a disagreement between his lawyers and communication advisors. Earlier in the day, advisers had informed CNN that Trump planned to make a brief statement before entering the courtroom.

After his arraignment, Trump is expected to address the media in the hallway outside the Manhattan courtroom, according to his lawyer Chris Kise. The specifics of the over 30 charges against Trump will be disclosed when the grand jury indictment is unsealed.

This is a developing story that will be updated when more information is available.

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