Donald Trump Pleads Not Guilty To Criminal Charges In New York

Donald Trump was seen leaving a New York court where he pleaded not guilty to 34 criminal counts stemming from hush money paid to a porn star before the 2016 election. 

Trump was seen exiting the building and making his way to a waiting motorcade, just over two hours after arriving at the Manhattan court complex for the historic hearing.

The 76-year-old Republican former president faces dozens of counts in the case, which threatens to upend the 2024 White House race.

Trump turned himself in earlier for the court hearing held amid tight security and a global media frenzy, as the Republican billionaire becomes the first American president in history to face criminal charges.

In a spectacle playing out on live television — with rival protesters rallying outside — the hearing marks a watershed moment for the US criminal and political system, with the potential to upend the 2024 White House race in which Trump is currently the leading Republican nominee.