What to Know in Washington: Trump Fundraises Before Arraignment
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Donald Trump will fly to New York today, one day before his historic arraignment in a Manhattan courtroom. The former president said in a Truth Social post he plans to leave Mar-a-Lago at noon.
Trump’s presidential campaign says it raised more than $4 million in the 24 hours after reports that he had been indicted by a grand jury on charges related to a hush-money payment.
News of the indictment came Thursday — the day before the end of a quarterly reporting period for campaign contributions, when federal candidates often escalate their fundraising efforts to demonstrate the strength of their support.
Those numbers can’t be confirmed until the campaign files its first quarter report by April 15.
“This is the battle I willingly signed up for when I decided to take on the entire Washington Machine as a political outsider 8 years ago, and be YOUR voice,” Trump said in a Friday fundraising email, which dubiously promised that donations would have “1,500% impact.”
Trump is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday. His fundraising appeal, quoting a New York Times article, reveled in the details of his arraignment: “He will be fingerprinted. He will be photographed. He may even be handcuffed.” Gregory Korte has more.
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