Updated Aug 3, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Trump pleads not guilty to all charges in federal Jan. 6 case

Former U.S. President Donald Trump holds an umbrella as he arrives at Reagan National Airport following an arraignment in a Washington, D.C. court on August 3, 2023 in Arlington, Virginia.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump holds an umbrella as he arrives at Reagan National Airport following an arraignment in a Washington, D.C. court on August 3, 2023 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo: Tasos Katopodis via Getty

Former President Trump pleaded not guilty Thursday to all federal charges alleging he plotted to overturn the 2020 election.

Why it matters: The GOP presidential frontrunner has now been indicted three times since launching his 2024 campaign.

  • The former president was charged with conspiracy to defraud the U.S., conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding and conspiracy against rights.
  • The latest charges will force Republicans to reengage with the Jan. 6 riot and Trump will appear at the same courthouse where more than 1,000 Capitol rioters charged with crimes have had hearings.

Driving the news: He arrived Thursday shortly before 4PM at the Elijah Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse before Magistrate Judge Moxila Upadhyaya.

  • The former president traveled from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, to D.C.

Catch up quick: Trump was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury convened by special counsel Jack Smith.

  • He has denied wrongdoing following every indictment against him.

What's next: Trump's next hearing in the case will be Aug. 28. Chutkan intends to set Trump's trial date then.

  • Upadhyaya gave both sides three date options, two of which were before the first GOP presidential primary debate. (Trump has suggested he won't appear at the debate.)
  • Both parties agreed upon conditions of release. Prosecutors did not seek pretrial detention.

Go deeper: Read: The indictment against Trump in Jan 6. case

Editor's note: This story is breaking and will be updated.

Known criminal investigations of Trump
Data: Axios research; Table: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Trump pleaded not guilty in June to 37 felony counts in a probe related to retaining classified information and obstruction of justice.

  • He now faces 40 counts in that case, per a revised indictment in late July.

In a separate case this spring, the former president pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records in a Manhattan criminal court related to hush money payments during his 2016 presidential campaign.

  • Prosecutors allege that Trump conducted a "catch and kill" scheme including the $130,000 payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

Trump also faces a separate inquiry related to his alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia.

  • Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is nearing a decision on his alleged efforts to subvert results in the state.

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Many Republicans were quick to defend Trump following his latest indictment, criticizing it as partisan, with some exceptions.

Driving the news: Former Vice President Mike Pence, a key witness in the Jan. 6 case, took aim at his ex-boss Tuesday, saying Trump's indictment served as a reminder that "anyone who puts himself over the Constitution should never be president of the United States."

  • In an interview with Fox News Wednesday, Pence, who's running for president, recalled that Trump and "his gaggle of crackpot lawyers" asked him to "literally reject votes" on Jan. 6.
  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a fellow GOP presidential candidate, condemned the "weaponization of government" in a statement Tuesday but admitted he had not yet read the indictment.

The big picture: Several Republican lawmakers rushed to Trump's defense and took aim at the Justice Department — a recurring theme within the party.

  • House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) without evidence framed the indictment as an effort to divert attention from the recent investigations into Hunter Biden.
  • Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C), another GOP presidential candidate, said: "I remain concerned about the weaponization of Biden's DOJ and its immense power used against political opponents," comparing the situation to Hunter Biden's .

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