THE BIG NEWS
Trump, Still Looking for Lawyers, Pleads Not Guilty
Without being handcuffed, Donald Trump was arrested and booked at a federal courthouse in Miami at 2pm local time yesterday. Trump's Diet Coke fetcher and indicted co-conspirator in the stolen documents case, Walt Nauta, was along for the ride. No cameras were allowed. Sad!
Trump pleaded not guilty on all 37 counts; Nauta entered no plea and requested more time to find a lawyer. Trump was represented by Todd Blanche, a former federal prosecutor. Even now the composition of his defense team, and their strategy, remains a work in progress. Federal magistrate judge Jonathan Goodman presided over the arraignment, though Trump appointee Aileen Cannon will still oversee the trial. Goodman placed no travel restrictions on Trump and allowed him to remain in communication with Nauta.
Ahead of Trump's arraignment, Miami officials said they were preparing for crowds of between 5,000 and 50,000 people. Instead, mere dozens, perhaps hundreds, turned up for Trump. One Florida GOP group that planned to send four busloads of Trump fans to the courthouse ended up chartering only two. It was a "small but colorful" bunch: A white man in a "Blacks for Trump" T-shirt screamed at Republican Miami Mayor Francis X. Suarez about the Satanic Illuminati. Another "man held up a real pig's head on a stake, a U.S. flag emerging from its mouth." Failed GOP congressional candidate Laura Loomer, a career Islamophobe perhaps best known for chaining herself to Twitter's headquarters, was there looking for attention. Trump's call for protest was a total bust.
"He's scared sh*tless," says John Kelly, Trump's former White House chief of staff.
In related news, New York Attorney General Tish James said she'd received death threats due to her civil fraud investigation of Trump. "I will not be paralyzed by fear," she said. "I'm from Brooklyn."
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6/14: It's Hump Day! Sam and Emma talk about the Trump arraignment and then chat with Dr. Titi Afolabi from Mass General Brigham about the resident physicians recently winning their NLRB election there.
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