Former President Donald Trump and his co-conspirator Walt Nauta have pleaded not guilty to 37 charges related to the alleged mishandling of classified documents. The arraignment took place at a federal courthouse in Miami on Tuesday, where Trump’s lawyers requested a jury trial.
During the 45-minute hearing, Magistrate Judge Jonathan Goodman prohibited Trump from communicating with Nauta about the case, and prosecutors were instructed to compile a list of potential witnesses with whom Trump cannot communicate directly.
No travel restrictions were imposed on either defendant. The Justice Department recommended the release of both Trump and Nauta without any financial or special conditions as they are not considered flight risks.
Special counsel Jack Smith attended the arraignment, which marks a significant escalation in legal jeopardy for the 2024 GOP front-runner. The pivotal hearing initiates a potentially lengthy and dramatic judicial process, including criminal and appeal proceedings that may extend for years.