Trump pleads not guilty to 2020 election charges at arraignment after arrest – live

Former President Donald Trump pleaded not guilty in court on Thursday after being formally arrested and arraigned for conspiring to overturn the 2020 presidential election. This is the latest criminal case against him and is potentially the most serious. He was indicted on four charges as part of special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into the alleged conspiracy and the January 6 Capitol riot. The indictment also mentioned six unnamed co-conspirators. The former president has criticized the indictment, arguing that the case should be moved out of Washington DC where he believes he cannot receive a fair trial. The case has been assigned to US district judge Tanya Chutkan, with the next hearing scheduled for August 28.

During a campaign event in New Hampshire, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was criticized for using “dangerous language” when addressing how he would handle problems in the federal government. He spoke to a group of supporters in the backyard of former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, where he hosted a barbecue for DeSantis.

A new CNN poll showed that nearly 70% of Republicans do not believe President Joe Biden is a legitimately elected president. This belief has increased by six points since earlier this year. It is important to note that there is no evidence of significant voter fraud that would question the legitimacy of Biden’s election.

During Trump’s arraignment, his lawyer Alina Habba attempted to deflect the news cycle by focusing on Hunter Biden and his laptop. Trump pleaded not guilty to four charges accusing him of conspiring to overturn the 2020 election. A courtroom sketch depicted Trump in the courthouse, where over 1,000 January 6 rioters have also appeared.

Trump’s legal troubles continue to mount, with a total of 78 felony charges across his three indictments. If Trump becomes the Republican nominee for president in 2024, the election will be a referendum on his criminality. He faces multiple trials, including the Trump Organization fraud case in October 2023 and the hush money trial in March 2024. There is a possibility of him facing 641 years in prison.

Trump has attempted flimsy legal defenses, but he knows that his chances of conviction are increasing with each indictment. Instead, he is using his indictments as part of his campaign message, prioritizing a political defense over a legal defense.

A new poll by Reuters/Ipsos revealed that about half of Republicans would not vote for Trump if he were convicted of a felony. This poses a significant risk to his potential re-election in 2024. The poll also showed that Republicans sympathize with Trump’s accusations of political persecution, with 75% agreeing that the charges against him are politically motivated.

Former Sgt Aquilino Gonell, who was injured on January 6, shared a statement after attending Trump’s arraignment. He emphasized the importance of prosecuting those involved in the alleged power grab attempts, stating that not prosecuting them is far riskier than having no consequences.

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