Former President Donald Trump has pleaded not guilty to allegations of election tampering and obstruction. His legal team will forcefully defend him.
Former President Donald Trump has pleaded not guilty to accusations of obstructing the 2020 presidential election and tampering with voting rights. His legal team is getting ready to ‘vigorously’ defend him.
The arraignment occurred at the federal Washington courtroom before US Magistrate Judge Moxila Upadhyaya. Trump will stay free while the case is being heard, but he will only be able to communicate with witnesses through his attorneys.
Trump sat only a few feet away from Special Counsel John “Jack” Smith, who has indicted him twice. They didn’t say anything. Trump did not speak much, as is customary in arraignments, but he did state his not-guilty plea rather than having his lawyer, John Lauro, do it for him.
According to Bloomberg, the former president is facing his third criminal prosecution, with the Fulton County district attorney in Georgia potentially seeking a fourth charge connected to election meddling.
A hearing before US District Judge Tanya Chutkan in Washington is scheduled for August 28, during which Chutkan will establish a trial date.
The attendance of Trump at the hearing is not essential. Prosecutors have one week to suggest a timeline, and Trump’s defense team has one week to react.
Trump’s legal team is requesting a postponement.
Because of the case’s intricacy, Lauro, a member of Trump’s legal team, believes it will take longer than prosecutors predict. He expects to seek a postponement in the proceedings so that he may strongly defend himself against the allegations, calling a quick trial “somewhat absurd.”
“All we would ask your honor is the opportunity to defend our client fairly, but we’ll need some time to do so,” Lauro explained.
Prosecutor Thomas Windom stated that the government was ready to give over a “substantial volume” of material quickly, but that the Trump prosecution, “just like every other case,” would benefit from “normal order.”
Upadhyaya claimed she could “guarantee everybody” a “fair” procedure and trial.
Trump is a sad day for America.
Following the hearing, Trump addressed reporters briefly at the Washington airport, calling it a “very sad day for America.”
“This is a political opponent’s persecution.” “In America, this was never supposed to happen,” he remarked.