Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to make his first appearance in federal court in Washington, DC, on Thursday, facing charges related to the January 6 Capitol riots. He was indicted by a Washington, DC, grand jury on four counts, including conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and obstruction of an official proceeding.
Traffic Implications Expected
The court appearance is expected to cause short-term traffic implications, according to the U.S. Secret Service. However, the Secret Service assured that they are working closely with various law enforcement agencies to ensure the highest levels of security and minimize disruptions to the normal court process.
Third Indictment in Six Months
This is the third indictment against Trump in the past six months. He was previously charged with falsifying business records and handling White House documents. The arraignment on the latest indictment is set for August 10 at a Florida federal courthouse.
Judges Assigned for the Case
In the January 6 case, U.S. Magistrate Judge Moxila Upadhyaya will handle Thursday’s hearing, but Judge Tanya Chutkan will preside over the remainder of the case. Chutkan was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by former President Barack Obama. Special Counsel Jack Smith has expressed his intention to seek a “speedy trial” to present the Department of Justice’s evidence in court.