STATESIDE STORIES: Trump Pleads Not Guilty to Federal Charges

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Boxes of confidential documents found by the FBI in a bathroom in Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence


by Mary Foran


This past week former US President Donald Trump pled not guilty to 37 counts of Federal charges against him for keeping classified documents in his Mar-a-Lago Florida home.

Trump indictment: USA v Donald Trump, 8 June 2023

His co-defendant Waltine “Walt” Nauta had also been named in the indictment. It set the stage for an historic high-stakes public trial in which prosecutors will allege that the former 45th President risked national security by putting secret papers in a bathroom, a ballroom and his bedroom, among other places, months after leaving the White House.

Trump was processed within 15 minutes of the arraignment, which included the taking of his fingerprints with a digital scanner.

Trump’s 2024 campaign logo with “Make America Great Again!” slogan

In spite of facing possible years in prison, Trump vowed never to drop out of the 2024 Presidential race.

He explained, “They can indict me, they can arrest me, but I know…that I am an innocent man.”

The coverage by the media of the arraignment and former President Trump’s reaction has been ongoing. “it’s a sad day for our country,” Trump was quoted as saying.


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Statement of Special Counsel Jack Smith regarding the indictment of Donald J. Trump and Waltine Nauta
Date: 9 June 2023

Source: Statement of Special Counsel Jack Smith
Author United States Department of Justice