As the first president to face criminal charges while in office, Donald Trump’s arraignment before a federal judge brought with it controversy and a wave of conservative backlash. Trump entered a plea of not guilty to all 34 charges brought against him – including tax and bank fraud, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy to defraud the United States – that were collectively outlined in a two-count indictment by the Manhattan District Attorney. He was ultimately admonished by the judge for his conservative politics and was released on bond.
A judge has warned former President Donald Trump to refrain from rhetoric that could inflame or cause civil unrest.
Trump, speaking briefly during his arraignment, told the judge he was pleading “not guilty” and was advised of his rights by the judge.
Judge Juan Merchan also warned Trump that he could be removed from the courtroom if he is disruptive, but Trump spoke only a few times to respond to questions.
He’s next due in court in December, but his lawyers asked for him to be excused from attending the hearing in person because of extraordinary security proceedings.