Trump Defiant After Pleading Not Guilty In Classified Documents Case
Breaking News - trump defiant after pleading not guilty in classified documents case. In a federal court in Miami, Florida, Donald Trump pled not guilty to historic charges of mishandling confidential files.
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Breaking News - Trump defiant after pleading not guilty in classified documents case. In a federal court in Miami, Florida, Donald Trump pled not guilty to historic charges of mishandling confidential files.
Mr. Trump is the first president of the United States, current or previous, to face a federal criminal prosecution.
He sat in stone-faced quiet, arms crossed, in a dark suit and scarlet tie, for his second court appearance this year.
Donald Trump was escorted by police officers
Later, the Republican addressed fans at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Against a backdrop of American flags, Mr. Trump, the Republican presidential candidate in 2024, adopted a belligerent tone, telling the assembled throng that he had "every right" to possess the confidential materials, but "hadn't had a chance to go through all the boxes."
He claimed to have followed the law and then launched into a litany of baseless charges and grievances against President Joe Biden and his former competitor Hillary Clinton.
Earlier in the day, before departing Miami, Mr. Trump expressed gratitude to the city for "such a warm welcome on such a sad day for our country" on his social media network Truth Social.
Just hours earlier, in a 13th-floor room of a federal courthouse in downtown Miami, a solemn, quiet Mr. Trump had pleaded not guilty to 37 counts of illegally retaining confidential documents and hindering the government's efforts to recover them.
"We most certainly enter a plea of not guilty," attorney Todd Blanche told the judge.
Mr. Trump's co-defendant, Walt Nauta, a close assistant charged with six criminal counts in the case, sat at the same table as him.
The entire prosecution team, including special counsel Jack Smith, who announced the indictment last week, sat on the opposite side of the room.
The former president, who turned 77 on Wednesday, was given permission to leave the court with no limitations on domestic or international travel. Prosecutors informed Magistrate Judge Jonathan Goodman that the defendant was not a flight risk.
Mr. Trump, on the other hand, will be barred from discussing the case with Mr. Nauta.
As his motorcade exited the courthouse following the hearing, the Republican gave fans a thumbs up. As they drove away, an anti-Trump protester wearing a prison jumpsuit dashed into the roadway in front of the motorcade before being forced away by security - possibly the most disruptive incident of an otherwise tranquil day.
Mr. Trump and his security detail went straight to Versailles, a famed Cuban restaurant in Miami's Little Havana, where he was met by a swarm of admirers who waited in line for selfies with the former president.
He appeared to join in a prayer with several customers and was greeted with a chorus of "Happy Birthday to You."
As she addressed the media outside the court, Alina Habba, a lawyer for the former president, reiterated the former president's accusations that the charges were politically motivated.
We are at a turning point in our nation's history, the targeting prosecution of a leading political opponent is the type of thing you see in dictatorships like Cuba and Venezuela.- Alina Habba
"What is being done to President Trump should terrify all citizens of this country," she continued.
Before the hearing, court officials stated that Mr. Trump would not be photographed, but would instead be digitally fingerprinted and requested to produce a DNA sample via swab.
A trial date has yet to be determined, but the case is still assigned to Aileen Cannon, a federal district judge in South Florida chosen by Mr. Trump.
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The allegations were made public on Friday after FBI officers discovered more than 100 secret materials at Mr. Trump's private Florida home Mar-a-Lago in August.
They supposedly held information about the US and foreign countries defense and weapons capabilities, as well as plans for possible reprisal in the event of a foreign assault.
Prosecutors accuse him of stockpiling the data and concealing some in a ballroom and a bathroom, as well as conspiring with an aide to obstruct the FBI's investigation.
Mr. Trump's legal woes do not appear to have eroded his support among Republican voters.
According to a CBS poll, 76% of prospective Republican primary voters were concerned about the indictment being politically driven rather than the documents posing a national security risk.
The protocol requires that the Department of Justice, the federal department responsible for enforcing US law, operate independently of the White House.
Mr. Biden, who is being investigated separately for his handling of secret material, stated last week: "I have never once - not one single time - suggested to the justice department what they should do."
According to legal experts, if Mr. Trump is convicted, he may face significant prison time. He has, however, promised to continue his presidential candidacy regardless of the outcome.
Mr. Trump's appearance in court is his second in less than three months. He was charged in April in New York with falsifying business records in order to make a hush-money payment to a porn star ahead of the 2016 election.