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Former President Trump Pleads Not Guilty to Felony Charges of Falsifying Business Records"

Former President Donald Trump has been charged with 34 counts of felony falsifying business records to the first degree under New York Penal Law 175.10, in what is undoubtedly an unprecedented case in American history. The arraignment hearing took place in Manhattan on Tuesday, with Trump pleading not guilty to the charges.

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This development has sent shockwaves throughout the country, with some analysts predicting that it may lead to chronic dysfunction in the United States. It is a watershed moment that marks the first time in history that a former U.S. president is facing criminal charges.

The hearing, which was presided over by Judge Juan Merchan, began at 2:15 p.m. ET on the 15th floor of the courthouse. Trump waived his right to have the indictment read in court and was allowed to leave at his own cognizance, as is typical for white-collar felony defendants.

However, the charges against Trump are serious, and if convicted, he could face significant penalties. Felony falsifying business records in the first degree is a Class E felony in New York, which carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison.

Despite the seriousness of the charges, Trump remained defiant and pleaded not guilty. He is due to deliver a speech later tonight at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida, where he is expected to maintain his innocence and denounce the charges as politically motivated.

The charges against Trump stem from his business dealings, specifically allegations that he falsified business records in connection with his organization's financial transactions. While Trump has denied any wrongdoing, the charges could potentially have serious ramifications for his political future.

It remains to be seen how this case will play out in the courts and what impact it will have on the broader political landscape. However, one thing is certain: this is a momentous occasion that will be closely watched by people across the country and around the world.

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