Trump Enters Not Guilty Plea In Election Theft Case

August 3, 2023
Jack Smith's indictment of Trump for January 6
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August 3, 2023

Two and a half years after Trump left office as the only President in U.S. history to refuse to accept the results of an election that unseated him, he’s getting the first measure of criminal accountability.

Trump’s initial appearance in Special Counsel Jack Smith’s case about the former President’s alleged conspiracy to reverse his 2020 defeat took place this afternoon at Washington D.C.’s E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse.

Magistrate Judge Moxila Upadhyaya presided over the initial proceeding. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan for the District of Columbia is assigned to try the case, but did not have a role in today’s hearing.

Trump himself only deigned to make a brief visit to D.C., arriving via private jet and then motorcade. He pleaded not guilty to all four charges against him, flanked by attorneys Todd Blanche and John Lauro. Thomas Windom and Molly Gaston from Smith’s team appeared as prosecutors.

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Two and a half years after Trump left office as the only President in U.S. history to refuse to accept the results of an election that unseated him, he’s getting the first measure of criminal accountability.

Trump’s initial appearance in Special Counsel Jack Smith’s case about the former President’s alleged conspiracy to reverse his 2020 defeat took place this afternoon at Washington D.C.’s E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse.

Magistrate Judge Moxila Upadhyaya presided over the initial proceeding. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan for the District of Columbia is assigned to try the case, but did not have a role in today’s hearing.

Trump himself only deigned to make a brief visit to D.C., arriving via private jet and then motorcade. He pleaded not guilty to all four charges against him, flanked by attorneys Todd Blanche and John Lauro. Thomas Windom and Molly Gaston from Smith’s team appeared as prosecutors.

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  1. Lock him up! Lock him up! Lock him up! Lock him up! Lock him up! Lock him up! Lock him up!
    Lock him up! Lock him up! Lock him up! Lock him up! Lock him up! Lock him up! Lock him up!
    Lock him up! Lock him up! Lock him up! Lock him up! Lock him up! Lock him up! Lock him up!

  2. Not only do I want Donnie convicted and locked up, but I also want to live to see the day when the news cycle is not all Trump 24/7. The sicko drama, his need for constant attention, and the endless media coverage of this human stain is unbearable and makes me want to vomit. END IT!

  3. Sadly, it is going to get worse before it gets better.

  4. Here’s what drives me nuts about Democrats.

    If this had been Obama in Fat Boy’s place, you can guara-fucking-tee that the RNC would have bussed in every fat trailer trash yahoo they could find, even paid actors to fill out a mob in front of the courthouse screaming for his head. Fuck, they even manufactured an fake mob to stop the count in Florida in 2000. But Democrats? Nothing. Not a fucking sound. There ought to be 5,000 people in front of the fucking courthouse chanting “LOCK HIM UP!” until they have to be dispersed. No wonder Fat Boy and the right gets to control the agenda. We’re fucking useless.

  5. What’s there to protest? He’s getting his comeuppance…

    Now, I do think we should have lined the streets along his route, not with signs, but with birds…

    It’s just being neighborly after all…

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