Trump’s First Appearance in Federal Court
Former President Donald Trump appeared before a federal magistrate judge in Washington’s federal courthouse to answer federal charges alleging that he attempted to overturn the results of the 2020 election, obstructing the peaceful transfer of presidential power.
Historic Charges Focus on Subverting Voter Will
Trump faces four felony counts related to his efforts as president to subvert the will of voters and obstruct the certification of Joe Biden’s victory. The charges, considered significant in U.S. history, stem from his refusal to accept defeat and his role in fueling the violent riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Trial Date Set for August
U.S. Magistrate Judge Moxila Upadhyaya set the next court date for August 28, during which a tentative trial date will be determined. The indictment charges Trump with conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government and conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, carrying potential lengthy prison sentences if convicted.