(LibertySociety.com) – Former President Trump was arraigned at a Florida courthouse on June 13, just one day before his 77th birthday. He pleaded “not guilty” to all 37 charges brought by Special Counsel Jack Smith.
Although the former President is still assembling his legal team, his previous attorneys have spent months building up a defense against the Department of Justice (DOJ). Thirty-one of the charges are for retaining national defense information, which Trump claims he had the authority to do so under the Presidential Records Act.
The six other charges are for allegedly making false statements, document concealment, and obstruction. Trump has also repeatedly claimed that he declassified the documents he retained. He reportedly ordered the declassification of all documents related to Crossfire Hurricane, the investigation into his 2016 Presidential campaign, the day before he left office. Some people who support the former president have speculated that the FBI conducted the raid on Mar-a-Lago to retrieve the Crossfire Hurricane documents to prevent the public from learning the truth about the extent of the FBI’s interference in the election, although there is currently no evidence of this.
Some critics have expressed their disappointment with the case being tried in Florida with a Trump-appointed judge rather than Washington D.C., but Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill., is hoping “that she really does her very best to be neutral and a good judge,” according to a report from Huffpost. Representative Jamie Raskin, D-Md., expressed his opinion of Judge Aileen Cannon, questioned her ability to be impartial, as well as her integrity. He stated that it would be smart for the judge to recuse herself from the trial but added, “Obviously that’s up to her.” Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., believes that she should recuse herself based on the way she previously ruled in the document dispute shortly after the FBI raid.
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