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Donald Trump pleads not guilty to federal criminal charges at Miami indictment hearing – live | Donald Trump

Donald Trump pleads not guilty to federal criminal charges at Miami indictment hearing – live | Donald Trump

Trump pleads not guilty to charges over Mar-a-Lago documents

Donald Trump has pleaded not guilty to charges related to allegedly hoarding government secrets at his Mar-a-Lago resort and frustrating efforts by the federal government to retrieve them at his ongoing arraignment in Miami, Reuters reports.

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Donald Trump and his valet, Walt Nauta, are both facing serious federal charges – but not the same ones.

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As the Guardian’s Sam Levine explained earlier today, the former president is accused of more misconduct than Nauta:

Trump is charged with 31 counts of unauthorized retention of national defense information, a violation of the Espionage Act. Each count carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
Trump and Waltine Nauta, his valet, face additional charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice, tampering with grand jury evidence and concealing evidence in a federal investigation. Each of those charges is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Trump and Nauta also face additional charges of making a false statement. Those carry a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison.

Trump valet Walt Nauta pleads not guilty

Walt Nauta, Donald Trump’s valet who was indicted alongside him over the documents found at Mar-a-Lago, has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, Reuters reports, citing the Associated Press.

CNN is also reporting that the federal magistrate overseeing the case, Jonathan Goodman, has told Trump not to contact any potential witnesses.

One of Donald Trump’s lawyers, Alina Habba, earlier spoke outside the courthouse in Miami where she lashed out against the indictment of the former president, calling it “an unapologetic weaponisation of the criminal justice system”.

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Habba, who is not representing Trump in this case, said compared the indictment to “the type of thing you see in dictatorships like Cuba and Venezuela” and said the former president was feeling “defiant”.

She said:

What is being done to President Trump should terrify all citizens of this country. These are not the ideals that our democracy is founded on. This is not our America.

“The targeting prosecution of a leading political opponent is the type of thing you see in dictatorships like Cuba and Venezuela.”

🚨MUST WATCH: Trump attorney Alina Habba speaks outside the Miami courthouse. pic.twitter.com/HZ8xettnQq

— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) June 13, 2023

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Federal prosecutors say they do not believe Donald Trump is a flight risk, and the former president has been allowed to leave his arraignment without conditions, Reuters reports, citing CNN.

The outcome was not unexpected, as Trump has vowed to fight the allegations against him, and is also busy campaigning across the United States for the Republican presidential nomination.

Mike Pompeo says former boss was ‘wrong’ to store classified documents

Mike Pompeo, the former US secretary of state under Donald Trump, has said the way the former president stored classified documents after leaving office was “wrong”.

In an interview with Fox News, Pompeo said:

If the allegations are true, and there’s lots of indications that they are, President Trump had classified documents where he shouldn’t have had them, and then when given the opportunity to return them, he chose not to do that for whatever reason.

He said he had handled “thousands and thousands” of classified documents during his time in Congress and as CIA director, as well as while serving as secretary of state. He added:

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I suppose we can all make mistakes and get them to the wrong place, but when somebody identifies that, you gotta turn them in. So that’s just inconsistent with protecting America’s soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines and if the allegations are true, some of these were pretty serious, important documents. So that’s wrong.

Mike Pompeo hammers Trump on Fox: “Trump had classified docs when he shouldn’t have had them, and when given the opportunity to return them he chose not to do that .. That’s inconsistent with protecting America’s soldiers .. some of these were pretty serious, important docs.” pic.twitter.com/BXVTVPBvnt

— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) June 13, 2023

Meanwhile, in an interview with CNN, the Republican congressman Ken Buck said the public will need to see how the evidence for the case against Trump is presented and what his defence is, but he would not “feel comfortable” supporting someone who has been convicted of a felony for president.

Buck said:

If he is convicted of these charges of mishandling this information, of knowingly concealing his actions, I don’t think, I certainly won’t support a convicted felon for the White House.

He noted comments that Trump previously made against Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election campaign, where he accused his Democratic rival of being unfit for office because of her handling of emails on a private server. Buck added:

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I think [Trump’s] words will set the standard that America will look at in determining whether he is fit for president.

Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) says he “won’t support a convicted felon,” noting Donald Trump’s previous rhetoric on classified info:

“He said that Hillary Clinton was unfit for the White House … I think his words have set the standard that America will look at.” pic.twitter.com/eRWsMXo9Xp

— The Recount (@therecount) June 13, 2023

Here’s more from CNN on how Donald Trump carried himself at his arraignment:

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Trump had his arms folded and periodically spoke to his attorney Todd Blanche while in the courtroom, @evanperez reports. He pleaded not guilty, as expected. Blanche was the attorney who addressed the judge.

— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) June 13, 2023

US magistrate judge Jonathan Goodman is presiding over Donald Trump’s arraignment, where he entered his not guilty plea, Reuters reports.

Walt Nauta, the aide who was indicted alongside him, is also present in the courtroom.

Trump pleads not guilty to charges over Mar-a-Lago documents

Donald Trump has pleaded not guilty to charges related to allegedly hoarding government secrets at his Mar-a-Lago resort and frustrating efforts by the federal government to retrieve them at his ongoing arraignment in Miami, Reuters reports.

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Donald Trump’s federal arraignment has begun, Reuters reports.

He is expected to be formally notified of the charges against him, and will be able to enter a plea.

Special counsel Jack Smith speaks to reporters on 9 June 2023 in Washington DC. Photograph: Alex Brandon/AP

CNN reports that Jack Smith, the special counsel appointed by attorney general Merrick Garland to handle the investigation and prosecution of Donald Trump over the Mar-a-Lago documents, is in attendance at the former president’s arraignment:

Smith is also presiding over the ongoing federal investigations of Trump for his involvement in the January 6 insurrection and the plot to stop Joe Biden from taking office following the 2020 election.

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Trump in courtroom for arraignment

Donald Trump has stepped into the courtroom where the charges against him over the Mar-a-Lago documents will be read out, and where he will be able to enter his plea, Reuters reports.

Miami’s mayor, Francis Suarez, is a rare Republican leader of a big US city, but that doesn’t mean he was well received when he stopped by outside his city’s federal courthouse.

It was a weird scene, and you can watch it below:

“We’ve got a swamp monster, folks!”

— Miami Mayor Francis Suarez (R) is berated by Trump supporters as he arrives outside the courthouse where Trump is set to be arraigned. pic.twitter.com/aTqVBTEPiI

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— The Recount (@therecount) June 13, 2023

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The ever-industrious Manu Raju, CNN’s chief congressional correspondent, has conducted some more vox pops in the halls of power, buttonholing two Republicans and a Democrat for comment on Donald Trump’s extreme predicament.

Lindsey Graham, a Republican senator from South Carolina and a close Trump ally, said:

Most politicians get in trouble by self-inflicted wounds. Yeah, I mean, he believes he had the right to possess these [records] under the Presidential Records Act. I don’t know whether that’s accurate or not.

Dan Crenshaw, a Texas Republican congressman and former US Navy SEAL, said:

I’m not dismissing it. I’m not condemning it. I’m not a spokesperson. And that’s my stance as a member of Congress. You know, if he becomes president one day, then I probably have to comment.

Told, “You’re a military guy, he allegedly had national security information”, Crenshaw said:

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It’s very problematic, there’s a reason I’m not defending it.

Finally, Raju spoke to Richard Blumenthal, a Democratic senator from Connecticut who has concerns about the judge in the case, Aileen Cannon, who was appointed under Trump and whose rulings in earlier stages of the case proved controversial in the extreme:

I think the record is a cause for real concern. She has to overcome the presumption arising from her past rulings that he somehow favors the president who appointed her, former president Donald Trump. In the total scheme of things, I’d advise her to recuse.

Here’s more on Cannon:

Mitch McConnell refuses to discuss Trump indictment

Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, refused to discuss the indictment of Donald Trump during a news conference.

Asked by a CNN reporter if he “could still support” the former president for the Republican nomination if he is convicted of the charges, McConnell replied:

The Republican campaign for the nomination has already been going on for six months, it’s going to be going on for a year longer.
I’m just simply not going to comment on the candidates. We’ve got a bunch of them and I’m just simply going to stay out of it.

Here’s the clip:

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CNN’s @mkraju: “Given that the former president is facing a federal indictment and these serious allegations, could you still support him if he becomes the nominee even if he’s convicted?”

Sen. Minority Leader McConnell: “I’m just simply not going to comment on the candidates.” pic.twitter.com/dhfQz4UCbz

— The Recount (@therecount) June 13, 2023

Trump and Nauta under arrest ahead of arraignment

Donald Trump and his close aide Walt Nauta are now both under arrest in Miami’s Wilkie D Ferguson Jr US courthouse ahead of their arraignment on federal charges related to the classified government documents found at Mar-a-Lago, CNN reports:

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Trump now under arrest, booked by deputy US marshals.
The booking process for both Donald Trump and co-defendant Walt Nauta has been completed, CNN reports from inside the courthouse.

— Kristen Holmes (@KristenhCNN) June 13, 2023

Do not expect the former president to spend the night in jail, at least not yet. According to CNN, Trump is expected to be released on personal recognizance – essentially a promise that he’ll show up for future court dates.

It’s more difficult than us journalists would like to find out what’s happening inside the Miami federal courtroom where Donald Trump will be arraigned.

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The former president’s hearing is closed to cameras and live broadcasts, despite an attempt by media outlets for access.

Trump and indicted aide under arrest at Miami federal courthouse

Donald Trump and Walt Nauta, the aide to the former president indicted alongside him over the classified government documents discovered at Mar-a-Lago, have both been processed at Miami’s federal courthouse, a court official tells Reuters.

Defendants are usually fingerprinted and have their mugshots taken in processing, and sometimes handcuffed, but it’s unclear what the exact arrangement is for Trump and Nauta. We’ll let you know more when we find out.



Chris Stein and Léonie Chao-Fong

Published: 2023-06-13 19:22:54

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