Trump indictment live updates: Trump arrested and headed to arraignment hearing on 2020 election charges

Donald Trump lands in Washington DC ahead of arraignment in Jan 6 probe

Donald Trump has arrived in Washington DC to be formally arrested and arraigned on charges of conspiring to overturn the 2020 presidential election, in what marks his third – and potentially most serious – criminal case.

The former president was indicted on four charges by a grand jury hearing evidence in special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into the alleged conspiracy to overturn the election and the resulting January 6 Capitol riot. The indictment also described six unnamed co-conspirators, now believed to be identified.

Mr Trump is now making an initial appearance at the E Barrett Prettyman federal courthouse. The case has been assigned to US district judge Tanya Chutkan, a Barack Obama appointee.

The former president has railed against the indictment and is calling for the “fake” case to be moved out of Washington DC where he claims it is “IMPOSSIBLE to get a fair trial”.

He has also promised revenge for what he calls a politicised indictment of “concocted” charges ordered by “Crooked Joe Biden”. In a Truth Social post, he told supporters “IN 2024, IT WILL BE OUR TURN. MAGA!”

Read Trump’s full indictment from the January 6 grand jury


Judge Moxila Upadhyaya enters court room

Court is now in session as Judge Moxila Upadhyaya enters the courtroom.

The United States of America v Donald J Trump has been called.

Oliver O’Connell3 August 2023 21:16


A lot is being made of Trump and Smith’s glances and body language

As the court awaits the judge, a lot is being made of Trump and Smith’s glances and body language.

Oliver O’Connell3 August 2023 21:12


Latest from the courthouse

The Independent’s Andrew Feinberg, reporting from the courthouse, writes:

Jack Smith, the Department of Justice special counsel who has supervised the multiple federal investigations that have resulted in criminal charges against the former president, arrived in the courtroom at 3.45 pm, a quarter-hour before the proceedings were set to begin. Mr Smith entered the courtroom with members of his team, but sat at a bench in front of the bar which separated the working part of the courtroom from the spectator area where a small group of reporters had assembled more than an hour before to allow for security screenings by Secret Service.

One member of Mr Trump’s defence team, Evan Corcoran, entered the room four minutes after Mr Smith and sat on a similar bench across the room’s central aisle.

The ex-president entered at 3.51 pm, accompanied by John Lauro, a veteran Washington-based criminal defence attorney, and Todd Blanche, the New York-based lawyer who is leading his defence in the other criminal cases against him.

Mr Trump, wearing his customary red tie, white shirt and dark blue suit, sat impassively between Mr Blanche and Mr Lauro. After the ex-president and his team were seated, Mr Smith was seen glancing over at the defendant and counsel.

Oliver O’Connell3 August 2023 20:56


Trump has entered the courtroom

Former President Donald Trump has now entered the courtroom wearing his customary blue suit and red tie.

He is seated at the defence table alongside his attorneys and was followed into the room by a number of Secret Service agents.

Oliver O’Connell3 August 2023 20:54


Jack Smith is in the courtroom

Unlikely there is any love lost between the two of them.

Oliver O’Connell3 August 2023 20:47


Watch: Trump lawyer speaks about Hunter Biden laptop outside Trump arraignment

Oliver O’Connell3 August 2023 20:40


Analysis: Trump’s latest indictment is a test for America

How far can a president go to cling to power?

Oliver O’Connell3 August 2023 20:40


Todd Blanche to represent Trump

Todd Blanche, an attorney for Trump, has notified the court that he will appear and represent the former president in this case.

Sources previously told NBC News that Blanche had met with prosecutors from the special counsel’s office last week, days before Trump was indicted.

Oliver O’Connell3 August 2023 20:28


Trump arrives at the courthouse

Less than a mile from where he was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump has arrived at a Washington DC courthouse to face four criminal charges stemming from his attempt to overturn the election he lost to Joe Biden less than three years ago.

Mr Trump is expected to plead not guilty to each charge of the four-count indictment in a second-floor courtroom at the E Barrett Prettyman Courthouse on 3 August, just a short walk from where a mob of his supporters began assaulting police officers at the start of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

Oliver O’Connell3 August 2023 20:20


Does the former president potentially face the death penalty?

That’s what some of his supporters incorrectly believe, as Josh Marcus reports.

Oliver O’Connell3 August 2023 20:20

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