Trump Gains Surprising Ally in CNN Indictment Poll Debacle, Guess Who

Former President Donald Trump was set to be arraigned in a Manhattan courtroom on Tuesday afternoon in a case involving his purported role in hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election.

However, Judge Juan Merchan ruled on Monday night that no cameras would be allowed in the courtroom during the arraignment.

Merchan did allow five pool photographers to take photos for several minutes before the proceedings began, but he declared that no cameras would be allowed in the courtroom once the hearing began.

He cited the monumental significance of the case in his decision, saying, “Never in the history of the United States has a sitting or past President been indicted on criminal charges.”

Trump’s legal team has been fighting the indictment, which they claim is politically motivated.

Several Republicans have come out in support of Trump, with Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz calling the case an “utter garbage” political persecution. Meanwhile, Democrats largely support the indictment, although many view it as politically induced.