45th U.S President, Trump Arrested For Mishandling Classified Documents

Former President Donald Trump has pleaded not guilty to 37 charges related to the alleged mishandling of classified documents, Cable News Network (CNN) has reported.

Trump’s lawyers asked for a jury trial during the former president’s arraignment on Tuesday at a federalSA courthouse in Miami. “We most certainly enter a plea of not guilty,” Trump attorney Todd Blanche told the judge.

During the hearing, Trump sat hunched over with his arms crossed and a scowl on his face. He did not speak.

Trump’s aide and co-defendant, Walt Nauta, was also arrested, fingerprinted and processed. He had an initial appearance Tuesday but will not be arraigned until June 27.

At the court, Magistrate Judge Jonathan Goodman ruled that Trump could not communicate with Nauta about the case. The judge also told prosecutors to make a list of potential witnesses that Trump can’t communicate with about the case – except through counsel.

The judge did not, however, place any travel restrictions on either defendant.

The Justice Department recommended that both Trump and Nauta be released with no financial or special conditions. Prosecutor David Harbach said that “the government does not view either defendant as a flight risk.”

Before the arraignment hearing, deputy marshals booked the former president and took electronic copies of his fingerprints. They did not take a mugshot of Trump since he is easily recognisable. The booking process took about 10 minutes.

Trump faces 37 felony counts , alleging he illegally retained national defence information and that he concealed documents in violation of witness-tampering laws in the Justice Department’s probe into the materials.

On his social media, Trump posted before heading to the court that it was “ONE OF THE SADDEST DAYS IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY. WE ARE A NATION IN DECLINE!!!”