Trump to appear in New York court after historic indictment

The first current or former US president in history to face criminal charges, Donald Trump, is expected to be arraigned Tuesday.

Trump to appear in New York court after historic indictment

An attorney for former President Donald Trump told CNN that his legal team would challenge 'every possible issue' once the charges were unsealed.

We haven't seen the indictment, so we won't be doing anything during the arraignment. Joe Tacopina said on CNN's 'State of the Union' that he would take the indictment and dissect it. The team would then look at each - every – potential issue we could challenge.

Tacopina, along with other Trump attorneys, have given several TV interviews ahead of Tuesday's court appearance when the former president will be informed about the charges the Manhattan grand jury has approved.

The lawyers have at times vowed that they would ask to dismiss the charges. The full list of charges is still unknown. A judge will decide if there is enough legal support to proceed to trial.

In an interview with NBC News Sunday on Sunday, former Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance stated, 'We could speculate about what evidence they might or might not have. But even after the indictment is published, we will really not know what district attorney's proof they'll present at trial.

Vance's investigation team did not file charges, but instead left it to his successor Alvin Bragg.

Indictment: Trump is facing more than 30 counts of business fraud. The Manhattan District Attorney's Office began its investigation when Trump was in the White House. It relates to the $130,000 payment that Michael Cohen, then Trump's personal attorney, made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels on October 31, 2016, just days before the 2016 presidential election to keep her quiet about an alleged relationship with Trump from a decade ago. Trump has denied that he had an affair with Stormy Daniels a decade earlier.

The Trump team could use a court strategy to challenge the case, based on the business records that prosecutors have linked to the hush-money payments made to Daniels over seven years ago. This is beyond the statutes of limitations in criminal cases.

Tacopina said in TV interviews on Sunday that there may have been a statute of limitations and that Trump businesses had not made false entries.

They're not fake entries. He said that if they were false entries, then they would be misdemeanors, which are crimes beyond the statute of limitation. They had to combine them to get a felony.

Tacopina said on Sunday that Trump's legal team has not yet requested a move of the case to another New York City Borough.