Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to appear in federal court on Tuesday, where he is expected to plead not guilty to charges stemming from the special counsel's investigation into the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
The charges against Trump include obstruction of an official proceeding, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and making false statements to the FBI. He is the first former president to be charged with a crime while out of office.
Trump's lawyers have said that he will plead not guilty to all charges. They have also said that they plan to challenge the constitutionality of the special counsel's investigation.
The hearing on Tuesday is expected to be brief. Trump will be arraigned on the charges and then will be released on bail. His next court date is scheduled for September 20.
The charges against Trump are a major development in the ongoing investigation into the January 6 attack. If convicted, Trump could face up to 20 years in prison.
The investigation is being led by Special Counsel John Durham, who was appointed by former Attorney General William Barr. Durham has been investigating the origins of the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The charges against Trump stem from a meeting that he had with his lawyers on January 7, 2021, the day after the attack on the Capitol. At the meeting, Trump discussed ways to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
To learn more about Trump's Indiment read this article from Fox News. An excerpt of the article has been copied below:
Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to appear in federal court in Washington, D.C., Thursday afternoon after being indicted on charges that stem from Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into 2020 election interference and the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021.
Trump, the 2024 GOP front-runner, faces four federal charges, including conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights.
The former president is expected to travel from Bedminster, New Jersey, to Washington, D.C., on Thursday. He was ordered to appear in federal court for a 4 p.m. arraignment.