Former US President Donald Trump pleaded not guilty to four criminal charges on Thursday in a federal courthouse in Washington D.C. The charges stem from an indictment unsealed on Tuesday which alleged that Trump conspired to interfere in the 2020 presidential election.
Trump appeared with his private counsel before federal Magistrate Judge Moxila Upadhyaya for his arraignment on four federal criminal charges. Trump pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to defraud the US government, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and conspiracy against US voters’ civil rights. Each of those charges carries with them maximum penalties of five years in prison, 20 years in prison, 20 years in prison and 10 years in prison, respectively.
In the courtroom with Trump were Special Counsel Jack Smith, who is leading the prosecution against Trump, as well as several Capitol police officers who defended the US Capitol from rioters during the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot. Neither Smith nor the officers spoke or made appearances before the court.
At the end of the arraignment, Upadhyaya set the next hearing in the case for August 28. Unlike Thursday’s hearing, the one on August 28 will occur before federal district Judge Tanya Chutkan.
Trump has now pleaded not guilty in three criminal cases. In the first case, brought in April by Manhattan New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg, Trump pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records during the 2016 presidential election. In the second case, brought in June by Smith in a Florida federal court, Trump pleaded not guilty to 40 federal criminal charges regarding the wrongful retention of classified documents. Today’s proceedings mark the third time Trump has pleaded not guilty.