Former US President Donald Trump has pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records following his arraignment in a Manhattan courthouse. Trump, who is the first former US president to face criminal charges, launched an attack on “election interference at a scale never seen before” in a speech following the arraignment. He criticised Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg, who brought the case, as well as prosecutors investigating him across the US from Georgia to Washington DC. During his speech, Trump appeared emboldened by the sceptical response to the charges from Republicans, including Mitt Romney and John Bolton, who have been critical of the former president and are suspicious of his presidential chances in 2024. Trump said: “The only crime I have committed is to fearlessly defend our nation from those who seek to destroy it.” Trump’s speech came amid a day of drama that followed Wall Street banks selling off remnants of last year’s buyout of Citrix, with lenders including Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and Credit Suisse losing roughly $1.5bn.
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