Last Thursday, President Trump was indicted on thirty-seven counts by Democrat Joe Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ).
Trump, who will challenge President Joe Biden in the 2016 presidential race, may spend years in prison if he is found guilty on all counts.
On Monday, Trump was arraigned in court where his lawyers plead not guilty on his behalf. Trump was given a pretrial release by the federal judge, with the caveat of no communication with witnesses.
The following day, Trump gave a speech at Bedminster, New Jersey, telling a few of his potential counterarguments for his case.
In what is some good news for the former President, Judge Aileen Cannon of the U.S. District Court, who was appointed by Trump, has been given the politically driven case. In a previous case, Cannon issued several pro-Trump judgments that infuriated those on the left.
While Trump surely would love not to have to deal with charges, his campaign for 2024 is raking in a lot of cash because of it.
“Trump raised about $2 million at the first major fundraiser of his campaign, only hours after his arraignment in Miami,” Politico reported.
The campaign raised $2.1 million during a “candlelight dinner” with top donors and campaign bundlers, according to a person familiar with the campaign. Trump gave brief remarks to his supporters and was seated at a table with donors and supporters that included Sen. Tommy Tuberville, (R-Ala.), according to an attendee.
The Trump campaign also raked in $4.5 million in digital fundraising since news of Trump’s indictment. The Trump campaign announced they brought in $6.6 million overall.
In the meantime, after the arrest warrant for Trump was published online, Twitter users pointed out a very significant error.
The arrest document seems to include the incorrect date, written on the form by Magistrate Judge Jonathan Goodman, who presided over Trump’s arraignment.
The written date appears to be July 13, 2023, not June 13, which was Trump’s actual court date, as pointed out by a number of Twitter users.
Does anyone notice that it looks like the date is incorrect on the document? It looks like the handwritten date says JULY 13, 2023 instead of JUNE 13, 2023.
— David (@Metsfan281) June 14, 2023
However, Newsweek noted that the paper is easily amendable.
“Mistakes such as the incorrect signing of a date in a document are known as a clerical error and normally easily amended. Under Florida state law, the court can correct such clerical errors at any time on its own initiative, or on the motion of any party,” according to Newsweek.
The indictment claims that on at least two separate occasions, Trump exposed a number of individuals who lacked the necessary security clearances to classified information. According to the DOJ, both incidents happened at Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Now the case will go to Judge Aileen Cannon, a Trump appointee and supporter.
Politico reports, “Cannon’s thin resume, combined with her surprisingly deferential rulings to Trump — who appointed her in November 2020 — in a civil lawsuit challenging the FBI raid of his Mar-a-Lago estate last year, have raised questions about her readiness for the complexities of the first-ever federal prosecution of a former president. Prosecutors say he hoarded national military secrets at his Mar-a-Lago estate after leaving office and concealed them from government officials seeking to recover them.”
There’s one exception, however, to Cannon’s judicial history that has largely escaped scrutiny. For nearly one-and-a-half years, she’s shepherded a complex, 10-defendant health care fraud case to the verge of trial, and in the course has litigated tangled and fraught issues of attorney-client privilege and motions to suppress — some of which could be precursors to battles in the upcoming Trump case.
Cannon has actively navigated the latest rounds of pretrial motions even as the Trump case landed in her court, including complicated decisions related to efforts by prosecutors to pierce attorney-client privilege, a near exact parallel to issues that have arisen in Trump’s long-running case.
Outside of the legal stuff, Trump supporters were treated to a bit of humor after Trump’s arraignment when he gave a speech.
Fox News happened to be one of the networks to broadcast Trump’s speech live, but they experienced a chyron problem that sent the left into a tailspin. Even though Fox and Trump haven’t been on speaking terms, it appears that whoever created the chyron had a purpose in mind.
In Trump’s speech, he claimed that in the issue with the confidential documents, Hillary Clinton lacked the authority to declassify anything.
As Trump was speaking, Biden began his Juneteenth speech at the White House.
Fox News showed both Trump and Biden in a side-by-side shot with Biden’s audio muted.
The chyron underneath the side-by-side shot read, “Wannabe dictator speaks at the White House after having his political rival arrested.” The chyron ran shortly before 9 o’clock as Trump was speaking.
— Alex Thompson (@AlexThomp) June 14, 2023
People on the left were enraged by it. Some claimed that Fox should no longer receive briefings from the White House or that its sponsors should stop working with them.
Yeah, if Fox News is running chyrons calling Biden “a wannabe dictator,” then there’s really no need to keep pretending it’s worth taking questions from Steve Doocy’s kid or whoever’s in there now. https://t.co/RIGhOCh1Aa
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) June 14, 2023
Right-leaning people believed the Fox chyron was humorous and accurate.
“Fox News calls Biden a ‘WANNABE DICTATOR’ in chyron below,” posted on Twitter user.
Fox News calls Biden a ‘WANNABE DICTATOR’ in chyron below. 😂 pic.twitter.com/fojvSlMnSw
— Americat 🇺🇸 (@catmurphy209) June 14, 2023