The former US president Donald Trump has pleaded not in a Washington DC court to conspiring to reverse his electoral defeat.
In a brief arraignment, He spoke in a soft voice to verify the innocence of his plea, his name, and his age, as well as said he was not being influenced by drugs or substances.
Later, he told reporters that the matter was a “persecution of an opponent to politics”.
This is the ex-president’s third time within the last four months as a criminal.
Trump Trump made his way through a back door into the courthouse on Thursday afternoon in the heart of Washington only a few yards away from the site of the US Capitol riot that is crucial to the prosecution’s case.
More than 1,000 defendants who are accused of taking part in the assault on Congress on January 6, 2021, are in the same courthouse.
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The former president was said to share glances across the courtroom along with Jack Smith, the special prosecutor leading the probe.
Trump Trump was spotted twitching his fingers as he was in the waiting room for the hearing to start, and then the judge scowled at him while the clerk read the case’s number.
The plea of not guilty covered four indictments that are included in this new indictment
scheme to swindle the US
conspiration to hinder an official procedure
Obstruction of an official process
conspiration against the rights of citizens
The judge instructed the president of the time not to divulge the facts concerning the case.
The judge warned him that failure to follow through could lead to being arrested, the revocation of release conditions, or the possibility of contempt of court.
The prosecution told the court that this case could benefit from a swift trial.
However, Trump lawyer John Lauro said they would require additional time to plan. He claimed that the timeline proposed by the prosecutor was “somewhat ridiculous” in light of the fact that the investigation was a lengthy one that took three years.
The charges laid out Tuesday in the indictment which is also known as the charge sheet include the charge of “conspiracy to hinder, block or undermine the functions of the federal government through fraud, dishonesty and deceit”.
President Trump lost the presidential election in 2020 to his Democratic opponent Joe Biden however, he refused to concede and fought for months of contests across a number of US states.
Biden is the current leading candidate for 2020’s Republican White House nomination and could be in the running for a second time against Biden. Biden.
As he spoke to the media before returning back to New Jersey in his private plane, President Trump declared that his trial was a “very sorrowful time in the history of America”.