According to CNN, former US President Donald Trump has entered a not guilty plea to four federal charges related to his attempts to rig the 2020 election.
On August 28, there will be another hearing in the Trump election tampering lawsuit.
The next hearing in the election subversion case has been set for August 28 at 10 a.m. ET by Magistrate Judge Moxila Upadhyaya.
Judge Tanya Chutkan of the US District Court will hear the case.
The government was available on each of the days that the magistrate judge suggested as potential hearing days, according to prosecutor Thomas Windom, but they would prefer the earliest one.
The latest of the three possibilities, August 28, was chosen by the Trump campaign.
“I will also note, Mr. Trump, that to the extent you are not able to attend as a result of your schedule, I have consulted with Judge Chutkan and she is willing to waive your appearance,” Upadhyaya said.
The special counsel Jack Smith’s office’s prosecutors did not ask for Donald Trump to be held in jail pending trial. Instead, according to CNN, the former president will be granted parole with just the most basic restrictions, including as being forbidden from speaking with any person who is known to be a witness in the case without first going via a lawyer.
Standing up, Trump raised his right hand in a pledge to uphold the terms of his release. He also signed documents acknowledging his agreement to the terms.
As a result of special counsel Jack Smith’s probe into Trump’s attempts to rig the election before the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, he was indicted on Tuesday.
The former US Presidenct was charged with these four counts; Conspiracy to defraud the United States, Conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, Obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and Conspiracy against rights.
“How does Mr. Trump plead?” Magistrate Judge Moxila Upadhyaya asked Trump how he pleaded to counts 1-4 in the indictment.
“Not guilty,” Trump said.
The Washington case is the third indictment against Trump in the past four months and is the broadest; it accuses him of trying to thwart the peaceful transition of power between presidents, one of the fundamental principles of US democracy.
It charges him with arranging a plot to hold onto power even though advisers repeatedly informed him that he had lost the election and that there was no evidence of significant fraud that would have affected the result, despite what he claimed at the time and continues to allege now, according to VOA.