The US is “going to hell”, Donald Trump has said in a defiant address after pleading not guilty to falsifying business records to hide damaging information ahead of the 2016 election.
On Tuesday, law enforcement officials charged the former president with 34 counts in a Manhattan court in New York.
These relate to a hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, who says they had an adulterous affair.
Mr. Trump is the first US president to face a criminal trial.
“The only crime that I have committed is to fearlessly defend our nation from those who seek to destroy it,” the 76-year-old told supporters gathered at his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida after he appeared in court.
He said that the “fake case” was simply part of a Democratic conspiracy to interfere with next year’s presidential election, for which he is running.
The case against the former president hinges on a hush-money payment of $130,000 (£104,000) made before the 2016 presidential election.
While such a payment is not illegal, spending money to help a presidential campaign but not disclosing it violates federal campaign finance law.
it was about time they framed a Caucasian person all along people of darker complexation that has money getting thrown under the bus like tiger woods, R kelly and Bill Cosby