Former President donald trump pleaded not guilty to 37 federal charges in a historic trial in Miami on Tuesday afternoon, reports NBC News.
The 76-year-old’s federal charges stem from his alleged abuse and concealment of more than 100 top-secret documents after he left the presidency in January 2021, the New York Post reports.
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Last week, Trump’s adviser Walter Nauta was also indicted on six counts related to the case. Nauta, a Navy veteran, is accused of helping Trump hide the top-secret documents in question.
Nauta and Trump were arraigned in Miami on Tuesday afternoon and were formally charged before a judge around 3 p.m. A federal prosecutor did not pose a flight risk to either Trump or Nauta.
Under the terms of his release, Trump is not required to surrender his passport. CBS reported that there are no restrictions whatsoever on his domestic and international travel.
Very few restrictions were placed on Trump after the arrest, spokesman Trump is calling it a witch hunt
However, he is unable to communicate with Nauta about the case. Trump eventually drove away in his motorcade through the courthouse garage.
A spokesman for the former commander-in-chief tried to portray the arrests as politically motivated.
“The leaders of this country do not love America. They hate Donald Trump,” Trump spokeswoman and attorney Alina Habba told NBC News outside the courthouse after his arrest.
Meanwhile, Trump also criticized the investigation into his handling of top secret documents.
In a social media post to Truth Social about an hour before he turned himself in to authorities. Trump called the investigation a “witch hunt” en route to his arraignment Tuesday afternoon in Miami.
“ON THE WAY TO COURT. WITCH HUNT!!! MAGA,” the former president wrote.
Afterward, Trump returned to Truth Social, thanking the state of Miami and adding that it was a “sad day.”
“Thank you Miami. What a warm welcome on such a SAD DAY for our country!”
After Tuesday’s arrest, Donald Trump was not handcuffed and no mug shots were taken
Trump was transported to the courthouse in a caravan of Secret Service vehicles. Demonstrators peacefully demonstrated against Donald Trump on the streets as he arrived at his destination.
The former president was not handcuffed, nor was a mug shot taken of him.
However, his fingerprints were reportedly digitally scanned after he turned himself in to authorities.
However, as CNN reports, a protester was arrested after he rushed into Trump’s motorcade as he exited the Miami courthouse on Tuesday afternoon.