Following the arraignment of the former president on federal charges related to his management of classified materials on Tuesday in Miami, two significant cases against Donald Trump have recently suffered significant setbacks.
In an interview with MSNBC, New York Attorney General Letitia James explained that the federal litigation will take precedence over both her case and the one filed against Trump by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
“In all likelihood, I believe that my case, as well as DA Bragg and the Georgia case, will, unfortunately, have to be adjourned pending the outcome of the federal case,” James said. “So it all depends upon the scheduling of this particular case. I know there’s gonna be a flood, a flurry of motions, motion to dismiss, discovery issues, all of that. So it really all depends. Obviously, all of us want to know what Judge [Aileen] Cannon is going to do and whether or not she’s going to delay this particular case.”
Trump appeared in court in Miami on Tuesday to be arraigned in the case brought against him by Special Counsel Jack Smith, who was appointed by Biden’s Department of Justice.
In federal court, Trump’s counsel entered a “not guilty” plea on his behalf.
The federal magistrate granted Trump pretrial release, with the restriction that he cannot communicate with witnesses. Smith has accused Trump on 37 occasions of unlawfully managing classified documents. Trump, who will compete against President Joe Biden in the 2016 presidential election, could spend years in prison if he is proven guilty of all charges.
There were no cameras, phones, or other electronic devices allowed in the Miami courthouse where Judge Goodman presided over Trump’s arraignment on Tuesday, but reporters were able to report on what they saw.
“However, there was no apparent eye contact between Trump and Smith during the day’s proceedings. Trump sat with his arms folded most of the time, talking with his lawyers occasionally. But Trump did not speak and Magistrate Judge Goodman never addressed him directly,” Fox News reported.
“Judge Goodman asked both sides if they agreed to waive the reading of the indictment, to which they agreed, so the matter got to Trump’s arraignment fairly quickly. Most of the arguments from both sides were about Trump’s contact with potential witnesses, and the defense pointed out that they don’t even have a full list of witnesses yet,” the outlet added.
CNN’s Evan Perez, who was also present in the courtroom, reported that Trump did not appear thrilled to be there.
“He had a very serious look on his face, periodically had his arms folded,” Perez said. “The former president entered the room probably about 30 or 40 minutes before the judge. We couldn’t see exactly when he entered the room because the televisions of the room that we were in were not turned on immediately, but we saw, you know, the lawyers take their seats and the former president sort of twiddling his thumbs while he waited for proceedings to take his place.”
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
The indictment claims that on at least two separate occasions, Trump exposed a number of individuals who lacked the necessary security clearances to classified information. According to the DOJ, both incidents happened at Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
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