Trump Makes Defiant Post Before DC Court Appearance

( — Last Thursday, Donald Trump was in Washington, DC, where he pleaded not guilty to all four charges listed in the latest indictment from Special Counsel Jack Smith, The Hill reported.

The former president faces four counts related to his attempts to remain in office after losing to Joe Biden in the 2020 election, including the charges of obstruction of an official proceeding and conspiracy to defraud the United States.

Before Trump left for Washington for his arraignment, he said in an ALL-CAPS post on Truth Social that he was on his way to be “ARRESTED” for challenging the “CORRUPT, RIGGED, & STOLEN ELECTION.”

Trump called his “arrest” a “GREAT HONOR,” inexplicably claiming that he was getting arrested for his supporters.

During Trump’s arraignment, which was presided over by US Magistrate Judge Moxila Upadhyaya, the prosecution requested a speedy trial, saying the government was prepared to produce “substantial discovery” quickly.

Defense attorneys Todd Blanche, and John Lauro said they did not want a speedy trial, citing the extensive evidence in the case.

Judge Upadhyaya scheduled the next hearing for August 28.

After his arraignment, the former president was released on the condition that he does not discuss the case with any witnesses except in the presence of his attorneys.

The upcoming hearing and the court case are assigned to US District Judge Tanya Chutkan, one of the DC federal judges who has presided over many of the January 6 cases.

Judge Chutkan is expected to schedule the start of the trial during the August 28 hearing.

With the arraignment last week, Trump now faces a total of 43 federal charges from the Justice Department, 39 related to his mishandling of classified documents after leaving office and 4 related to his attempt to overturn the 2020 election.

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