Trump Pleaded Not Guilty at Arraignment in D.C.

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On August 3 former President Donald Trump appeared before a judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and pleaded not guilty to criminal charges brought by special counsel Jack Smith on August 1. U.S. Attorney Thomas Windom said the case will include a “speedy trial” and will be “fair.”  Trump’s attorney John Lauro objected to the proposal of a speedy trial, saying it’s “absurd.”  He lamented that the government had three years to investigate and accumulate information, likewise Trump’s legal team will require time to prepare a proper defense.  The next hearing is set for August 28 at 10am before Obama-appointee Judge Tanya Chutkan, who is expected to deal harshly with Trump.  Trump’s lawyers said they will attempt to move the trial to a more hospitable political territory such as Virginia.