Indictment of Donald Trump: Will He Be Arrested? arraignment details, Suspense remains today

Former President Donald Trump prepared to go to Washington on Thursday to enter his third court appearance in four months, pleading not guilty to charges that he attempted to steal the 2020 election.

Trump warmed up for his appearance in federal court by pushing for the trial to be relocated from highly Democratic WashinDonald gton, D.C., to a more Republican-friendly location such as West Virginia.

“This Indictment is all about Election Interference!!!” declared the Republican frontrunner on his Truth Social website.

The former president, who is spending the summer at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, is scheduled to leave at 1 p.m. The arraignment in Washington, D.C., is set for 4 p.m.

On Tuesday, a grand jury in Washington charged Trump on allegations of conspiring with advisers to overturn his 2020 election loss to President Joe Biden, activities that resulted in the Jan. 6, 2021 insurgency.

His two other indictments are for hush money payments in a state case in New York and obstruction of justice and inappropriate retention of secret data in a federal case in Florida.

Who is Moxila A. Upadhyaya?

Trump will appear before federal Magistrate Judge Moxila A. Upadhyaya this afternoon to file his plea. He is likely to plead not guilty to the four allegations against him.

Trump will appear before U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan once the trial begins. Chutkan, a nominee of President Barack Obama, has presided over numerous cases relating to the January 6, 2021 insurgency. She is the only judge in D.C. who has given these defendants harsher sentences than the Department of Justice recommended.

What does arraignment mean: Why is Trump in D.C. court today?

A judge reads formal charges against an accused defendant at an arraignment. This occurs during a defendant’s initial appearance before a court, when they are informed with the specific charges they face.

On Thursday, Trump will be asked how he want to respond to the official charges. The former president is anticipated to enter a not guilty plea, as he did in his last two indictments.

The judge will then decide whether or not bail is warranted. They can also choose not to set bail, which would allow Trump to be freed immediately without being imprisoned.

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