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Trump pleads ‘not guilty’ to charges stemming from special counsel’s Jan. 6 probe

Trump pleads ‘not guilty’ to charges stemming from special counsel’s Jan. 6 probe

WASHINGTON D.C.–Former President Donald Trump on Thursday pleaded ‘not responsible’ in federal court docket to all 4 federal costs stemming from Particular Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into 2020 election interference and the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021. 

Trump, the 2024 GOP front-runner, is charged with conspiracy to defraud the US, conspiracy to impede an official continuing, obstruction of and try to impede an official continuing, and conspiracy in opposition to rights.

Trump traveled from his resort in Bedminster, N.J., Thursday to Washington D.C. His first court docket look happened on the U.S. District Courtroom for the District of Columbia. 

Former President Donald Trump speaks through the Independence Day Spectacular on Friday, June 30, 2023 in Pickens, S.C. (Sam Wolfe for The Washington Submit by way of Getty Photos)


The indictment comes out of Smith’s investigation into whether or not Trump or different officers and entities interfered with the peaceable switch of energy following the 2020 presidential election, together with the certification of the Electoral Faculty vote on Jan. 6, 2021.

US Justice of the Peace Choose Moxila Upadhaya presided over Thursday’s proceedings. Choose Tanya Chutkan will preside over the trial. Chutkan, a former assistant public defender earlier than her appointment to the bench by President Barack Obama, has dealt with a number of instances involving people who entered the Capitol on January 6.

Upadhaya stated Choose Chutkan intends to set a trial date of August 28. After the prosecutor referred to as for a “speedy trial,” Trump legal professional John Lauro voice his opposition.

“For the federal government to say we may keep inside speedy trial is absurd due to the quantity of discovery,” he stated. “The federal government has had 3.5 years to research. All we’d ask is the chance to pretty defend our consumer, however so as to try this we’d like a little bit little bit of time. We’ll file a movement to put aside a speedy trial.”

Judge Tanya Chutkan

Choose Tanya Chutkan (US Marshal Service)

Within the courtroom, the decide laid out how the continuing would go and requested that Trump be seated nearer to a microphone in order that he may reply her questions. She first requested his title and age.

“Trump. “Donald J. Trump – John…Seven Seven – seventy-seven.”

The decide then suggested Trump of the counts of the indictment that he was going through and the potential penalties related to being convicted on the counts. The decide additionally learn Trump his rights.

Trump was requested how he would plead to the 4 counts in opposition to him. He responded succinctly, “Not responsible.” 

Trump was then suggested of the circumstances of launch.

He should not violate federal, state, or native regulation; should seem in court docket; and should serve any sentence the court docket could impose; and he could not talk in regards to the details of the case to anybody recognized to be a witness within the case.

Trump posted to his Fact Social late Wednesday saying that the case “will hopefully be moved to an neutral Venue, such because the politically unbiased close by State of West Virginia!” 

“IMPOSSIBLE to get a good trial in Washington, D.C., which is over 95% anti-Trump, & for which I’ve referred to as for a Federal TAKEOVER so as to deliver our Capital again to Greatness,” Trump posted. “It’s now a excessive crime embarrassment to our Nation and, certainly, the World. This Indictment is all about Election Interference!!!” 

On Jan. 6, 2021, pro-Trump rioters breached the U.S. Capitol throughout a joint session of Congress to certify the Electoral Faculty leads to favor of President Biden.

The Home of Representatives drafted articles of impeachment in opposition to him on a cost of inciting an rebellion for the Jan. 6 Capitol riot — making him the primary and solely president in historical past to be impeached, and finally acquitted, twice. 

Special Counsel Jack Smith

Jack Smith, US particular counsel, speaks throughout a information convention in Washington, DC, US, on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023. (Al Drago/Bloomberg by way of Getty Photos)

That is the second federal indictment the previous president faces out of Smith’s investigation. Trump, who leads the 2024 GOP presidential main area, has already pleaded not responsible in federal court docket within the Southern District of Florida to 37 counts associated to his alleged improper retention of labeled information from his presidency.


These costs embody willful retention of nationwide protection info, conspiracy to impede justice, and false statements. Trump was charged with an extra three counts as a part of a superseding indictment out of that probe final week.

Trump is the primary former president in U.S. historical past to face federal felony costs. 

The previous president posted once more to his Fact Social Thursday morning, accusing the Biden administration of bringing felony costs in opposition to him to empty funds from his 2024 presidential marketing campaign. 

Donald Trump wears suit and red tie

Former President Trump arrives in Washington, D.C. on August 3, 2023.  (Brooke Singman/Fox Information Digital)

“Look, it’s not my fault that my political opponent within the Democrat Occasion, Crooked Joe Biden, has advised his Lawyer Basic to cost the main (by far!) Republican Nominee & former President of the US, me, with as many crimes as may be concocted so that he’s compelled to spend giant quantities of time & cash to defend himself,” Trump stated. “The Dems don’t wish to run in opposition to me or they’d not be doing this unprecedented weaponization of “Justice.” BUT SOON, IN 2024, IT WILL BE OUR TURN. MAGA!”

Marketing campaign finance paperwork present Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner, burned by way of not less than $42.8 million this yr, a lot of it used to cowl prices associated to his mounting authorized peril. The previous president has $31.8 million money available.

Trump has additionally pleaded not responsible to 34 counts in New York in April stemming from Manhattan District Lawyer Alvin Bragg’s investigation. Trump is accused of falsifying enterprise information associated to hush-money funds made through the 2016 marketing campaign.

Fox Information’ Nicholas Kalman contributed to this story.

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