(CBrief) – MSNBC host Rachel Maddow was beside herself after former President Donald Trump got his first victory in a Manhattan Court.
The president is not set to be arraigned until 2:15 PM on Tuesday but on Monday night the judge in the case, Judge Juan Merchan, made a decision to only allow a limited number of photographers into the courtroom and no video.
Moreover, the photographers have to stop taking photos before the court proceedings begin.
He ruled late on Monday night that he will allow five pool photographers to snap for several minutes before the arraignment formally starts on Tuesday around 2:15 p.m. Eastern Time. However, the judge declared that no cameras will be allowed in the courtroom.
“That this indictment involves a matter of monumental significance cannot possibly be disputed. Never in the history of the United States has a sitting or past President been indicted on criminal charges,” Merchan said.
The judge said he “needed to balance other interests” and that no electronic devices will be allowed in either the main or overflow courtrooms.
Trump’s 2024 campaign raised a whopping $7 million in the days after a Manhattan grand jury indicted him.
“Senior Trump aide Jason Miller announced the haul as the ex-president was en route to New York City ahead of his expected arrest and arraignment on Tuesday. Miller described the three-day sum as a ‘record’ but offered no more details,” CNBC reported. “Solicitations from the Trump campaign’s joint fundraising committee have in recent weeks repeatedly referenced the possibility of criminal charges, seeking to spur donations from the former president’s outraged supporters.”
“Numerous recent polls show Trump leading the potential Republican presidential primary field, which so far officially includes just him and a small handful of other candidates. His top potential rival, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, is expected to announce his presidential plans after his state’s current legislative session ends next month,” the outlet added.
The massive fundraising haul comes as Trump was indicted late last week by a Manhattan grand jury in a case involving his purported role in hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election, allegedly to keep Daniels quiet about an affair the two of them had in 2006.
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