Former US President Donald Trump has pleaded not guilty to four federal charges occurred from his attempt to overturn the 2020 election.
Trump has been charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights.
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Speaking briefly to media in Washington DC after his arraignment, he said the events were “never supposed to happen in America”.
“This is a very sad day for America,” he said.
“And it was also very sad driving through Washington DC and seeing the filth and the decay and all of the broken buildings and walls and the graffiti.
“This is not the place that I left. It’s a very sad thing to see it.”
Trump’s condition of release includes being prohibited from discussing facts of the case with anyone known to be a witness except through counsel, must not violate federal, state or local law, must appear in court as required and serve a sentence if the court imposes, and must sign an appearance bond.
“If you fail to comply with any of the conditions of your release, a warrant may be issued for your arrest,” Magistrate Judge Moxila Upadhyaya told Trump.
The first hearing in the case will commence on August 28, 10am EST.
The proceeding will be done before US District Judge Tanya Chutkan.
Should Trump not be able to attend court in person, Judge Chutkan is willing to waive his first appearance.
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