Donald Trump is about to make American history by becoming the first former US president to face criminal charges.

The 76-year-old Republican is due to appear in court in New York on Tuesday to face charges relating to an alleged hush money payment made to porn actress Stormy Daniels during his 2016 presidential campaign.

Here’s what you need to know about when the ex-president will make his court appearance and what it means for the businessman turned politician.

What time will Donald Trump be in New York?

The former president is due to fly from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida to New York at midday on Monday ahead of his scheduled arraignment – the first appearance at court when a defendant must enter a plea.

An adviser said he will spend the night at Trump Tower on Monday and then is expected to report to the Manahattan Criminal Court on Tuesday morning.

FILE - Court officers stand guard outside the public entrance to the 80 Centre Street building where a grand jury investigating former President Donald Trump over hush money payments is back in court and hearing evidence related to the case, March 27, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
The Manhattan Court where Trump will appear on Tuesday. (Photo: John Minchillo/AP)

There he will be fingerprinted and have a mugshot taken, the same as anyone else facing charges. Investigators will complete arrest paperwork and check to see if he has any outstanding criminal charges or warrants.

Once the booking is complete, he will appear before a judge for an afternoon arraignment in the same Manhattan courtroom where his company was tried and convicted of tax fraud in December and where disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial took place.

When will he be charged on Tuesday?

Mr Trump is due to appear in court to face charges at 2.15pm on Tuesday (7.15pm BST) and is expected to enter a not guilty plea.

He is due to appear before Justice Juan Merchan, the judge who also presided over a criminal trial last year in which the businessman’s real estate company was convicted of tax fraud. Mr Trump himself was not charged in that case.

Both sides in the case are currently submitting their positions on whether cameras and video should be allowed in the courtroom and a decision is expected on Monday.

Joe Tacopina, the former president’s lawyer said it was unlikely there will be a “perp walk” (meaning perpetrator) in which a person charged is paraded in front of the media due to security concerns.

The Secret Service are also reported to be involved in security arrangements for the hearing.

New York police began putting up barricades along the edge of the pavements around Trump Tower and the Manhattan courthouse at the weekend as demonstrations are expected at both sites.

“Officers have been placed on alert and the department remains ready to respond as needed and will ensure everyone is able to peacefully exercise their rights,” the New York Police Department said.

Other courtrooms above where Mr Trump is due to appear will be shut down as part of security measures.

After the arraignment, he plans to fly back to Florida where he will deliver his own remarks on the case from his Mar-a-Lago estate at a staged event at 8.15pm (1.15am BST on Wednesday).

What charges will he face?

The specific charges included in the grand jury indictment have not been disclosed and remain under seal but media reports suggest he will face more than 30 charges related to business fraud.

Before the indictment on Thursday, the grand jury heard evidence about a $130,000 (£105,000) payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential campaign.

FILE PHOTO: Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, the porn film star who said she had an affair with Donald Trump before he became U.S. president, is shown in this booking photo released by Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Columbus, Ohio, U.S., July 12, 2018. Courtesy Franklin County Sheriff's Office/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. THIS PICTURE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY./File Photo
Stormy Daniels the porn film star who said she had an affair with Donald Trump before he became US president. (Photo: Franklin County Sheriff’s Office/Reuters)

Ms Daniels has said she was paid to keep silent about a sexual encounter she had with Mr Trump at a Lake Tahoe hotel in 2006.

Mr Trump has denied having the affair.

Mr Tacopina said he expects more details surrounding the arraignment to be resolved on Monday when he will look at “every potential issue” to challenge and plans to make a motion to dismiss the charges.

“I honestly don’t know how this is going to go – hopefully as smoothly as possible – and then we begin the battle to right this wrong,” he told CNN’s State of the Union programme.

What does it mean for the former president?

Mr Trump has denied any wrongdoing and claims the investigation as part is a “witch hunt” aimed at damaging his presidential candidacy.

The charges come as he is just a few months in to gearing up to run for president again in 2024.

Mr Trump’s campaign claims it has raised more than $5m and gathered more than 16,000 volunteer signups since the indictment, which Trump spokesman Steven Cheung said were “key indicators that Americans from all backgrounds are sick and tired of the weaponization of the justice system against President Trump and his supporters.”

The man himself has vowed to keep running for president in the face of these charges.

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