The arraignment took place on Tuesday at 1:50 p.m. amidst a mixed reception from both supporters and protesters.
Former President Donald Trump made an appearance at the Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. U.S. Courthouse in Miami, Florida, for his arraignment on federal charges
Trump pleaded not guilty to a total of 37 felony counts that revolve around allegations of mishandling classified documents and obstructing the investigation. Prior to the arraignment, crowds of pro-Trump and anti-Trump demonstrators had gathered in front of the courthouse since the early morning, as reported by CBS News Miami.
The charges against Trump primarily stem from his alleged mishandling of various documents, including those about defense and weapons capabilities, as well as U.S. nuclear programs.
What makes this case significant is that it marks the first instance in which the U.S. Department of Justice has leveled criminal charges against a former president
The arraignment proceedings unfolded with Trump officially entering his plea of not guilty in response to the 37 felony counts. The former president’s legal team is expected to mount a vigorous defense as the case moves forward.
The courthouse environment remained highly charged throughout the arraignment, with fervent supporters and vocal detractors expressing their views both inside and outside the premises.
The arraignment represents a critical juncture in the legal battle involving Trump, and the proceedings will continue as the court evaluates the evidence and arguments presented by both the prosecution and the defense.