Donald Trump pleads not guilty to federal charges that he tried to overturn the 2020 election

Donald Trump pleads not guilty to federal charges that he tried to overturn the 2020 election

Donald Trump pleads not guilty to federal charges that he tried to overturn the 2020 election – Former U.S. president, Donald Trump has pleaded not guilty to trying to overturn the results of his 2020 presidential election loss, answering for the first time to federal charges that accuse him of orchestrating a brazen and ultimately failed attempt to block the peaceful transfer of presidential power.

On Thursday, August 8, Trump appeared before a magistrate judge in Washington’s federal courthouse two days after being indicted on four felony counts by Justice Department special counsel Jack Smith.

The charges accuse Trump of trying to subvert the will of voters and undio his election loss in the days before Jan. 6, 2021, when his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in a violent and bloody clash with law enforcement.

Trump, the 2024 Republican presidential
primary front-runner, is facing charges
including conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruct Congress’ certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s victory. His appearance Thursday, and the rest of the court case, will unfold in a courthouse with a clear view of the
Capitol and in a building where more than 1,000 of the Capitol rioters have been charged.

Trump has said he is innocent, and his legal team has characterized the latest case as an attack on his right to free speech. The case is part of an ongoing set of escalating legal troubles for the ex-president, coming nearly two months after Trump pleaded not guilty to dozens of federal felony counts accusing him of hoarding classified documents and the warting government efforts to retrieve
them.

Trump is expected to rejoin the campaign trail as he seeks to reclaim the White House in 2024. He has also accused Smith of trying to thewart his chances in the next presidential election. This is the third criminal case filed against Trump this year, but the first to try to hold him criminally responsible for his efforts to cling to power in the weeks between his election loss and the Capitol attack that stunned the world as it unfolded live on TV.

Trump arrived in Washington around 3 p.m. ET after flying in from New Jersey by private plane. His motorcade made its way through the city’s crowded streets, using lights and sirens a journey once again documented in wall to wall cable coverage.

Smith’s Tuesday indictment charges Trump with four felony counts related to his efforts to undo his election loss in the run-up to the riot, including conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government and conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding. The charges could lead to a
years-long prison sentence in the event of a conviction.

Smith himself was in the courtroom and sat in the front row behind the prosecutors handling the case. Three police officers who defended the Capitol
that day were seen entering the courthouse. One of them, Harry Dunn, said in a statement that “all I have wanted from day one is accountability and justice for the law enforcement men and women who fought bravely on Jan. 6.”

“I would be lying if I did not acknowledge my numbness with the news of the indictment today of a former president of the United States,” he said. “I am confident our legal system will handle this case properly.”

Trump was the only person charged in this case, although in the indictment prosecutors referenced six unnamed co-conspirators, mostly lawyers, they say he plotted with, including a scheme to enlist fake electors in seven battleground states won by Biden to submit false certificates to the federal government.

Trump was also charged in New York with falsifying business records in connection with a hush-money payment to an adult film performer during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Smith’s office also has charged him with 40 felony counts in Florida, accusing him of illegally retaining classified documents at his Palm Beach estate, Mar-a-Lago, and refusing government demands to give them back. He has pleaded not guilty in both those cases, which are set for trial next year.

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