Former US President Donald Trump entered a plea of not guilty on the charges of knowingly and repeatedly spreading falsehoods in an effort to overturn his defeat in the 2020 presidential election.
The accusations against him encompass four counts: Conspiracy to defraud the United States; Conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding; Obstruction of an official proceeding; Conspiracy against citizens’ rights. The initial charge pertains to alleged efforts to impede the collection, tabulation, and validation of votes.
The second and third counts relate to alleged endeavors to hinder the validation of electoral college votes during the 6 January 2021 session of the US Congress, which culminated in the events of the Capitol riot.
The fourth allegation revolves around purported actions to disrupt citizens’ voting rights and the legitimate counting of their votes.
Prosecutors have clarified that they are not seeking pretrial detention for Trump. However, the former president has been instructed not to discuss the details of the case and is required to appear before the DC court for scheduled proceedings.