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Donald Trump enters not-guilty plea

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Former President Donald Trump arrives at Trump National Doral resort in Doral, Fla., Monday, June 12, 2023. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Miami, FL– Former President Donald Trump has pled not guilty to the 37 counts filed against him in the mishandling of classified documents case.
He appeared at a Miami federal courthouse  on Tuesday afternoon for his first court date since he was indicted on Thursday.
The charges are in regard to his alleged retention and refusal to hand over classified documents.

The FBI recovered hundreds of classified documents stored in various places inside of his Palm Beach residence at Mar-a-Lago during a raid in August.
“Much of the indictment talks about actions, communications, they say concealment, all of which centered on Mar-a-Lago. I think an effort to have brought it in D.C. would have gotten a huge outcry from a lot of opponents of the administration,” said Kendall Coffey, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.
The indictment also alleges that Trump risked exposing America’s top secrets, including nuclear and military capabilities by showing some of the records to a writer and political ally.
Donald Trump is the first former President to be federally indicted. He made the announcement of his indictment on Truth Social calling it a “witch hunt.”
“The ridiculous and baseless indictment of me by the Biden Administration’s weaponized department of injustice will go down as among the most horrific abuses of power in the history of our country,” Trump said on the platform.

This is the first time in U.S. history that a former president faces criminal charges by the federal government.
Legal experts say that any trial would likely not be for at least a year or two.
If Trump were to be convicted on any of the federal charges, he could be sentenced to jail time.
After his arraignment, Trump is expected to speak at his Bedminster, New Jersey, Golf Club.