Former President Donald Trump has arrived at the US District Court in Washington, DC, to make his initial appearance in federal court after being indicted in special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election leading up to the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol.
Trump will be placed in the custody of the US Marshals Service and he will be processed as part of the proceedings.
When he was placed into custody for the first appearance in the classified documents prosecution last month in Miami’s federal courthouse, he submitted to fingerprints and provided other information to court officials, though he was not required to take a mugshot.
The processing for the DC appearance will likely be more streamlined, given that Trump is now already in the federal system.
Part of the purpose of Thursday’s hearing is for the magistrate judge, Judge Moxila Upadhyaya, to approve of the bail conditions that will allow him to be released from federal custody up until trial.
Trump is expected to plead not guilty. He has been charged with four counts:
- Conspiracy to defraud the United States
- Conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding
- Obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding
- Conspiracy against rights