Former President Donald Trump was arrested on Tuesday, June 13, 2023, on charges of mishandling classified documents and interfering with an investigation. Trump was taken into custody at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and was arraigned in federal court in Miami. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The charges against Trump stem from an investigation by the Justice Department into his handling of classified documents after he left office. The investigation found that Trump had taken classified documents with him to Mar-a-Lago and had also tried to obstruct the investigation.
Trump’s arrest is the first time a former president has been arrested on federal charges. It is also a significant development in the ongoing investigation into Trump’s activities during his presidency.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing and has called the charges against him “a witch hunt.” He has also vowed to fight the charges in court.
“This is a politically motivated witch hunt,” Trump said in a statement. “The charges against me are baseless and I will fight them vigorously.”
Reactions from Others
Trump’s arrest has been met with a mixed reaction from others. Some have praised the Justice Department for taking action against Trump, while others have criticized the arrest as politically motivated.
“This is a historic moment,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. “The first time a former president has been arrested on federal charges. This is a victory for the rule of law.”
“This is a political witch hunt,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. “The Justice Department is trying to overturn the results of the 2016 election.”
Trump is scheduled to appear in court again on July 12. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the charges against him.
The arrest of Trump is a significant development in the ongoing investigation into his activities during his presidency. It remains to be seen how the case will play out in court.