Donald Trump indicted: Crowd swells outside Miami courthouse before former president’s arrest

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Journalists line up to be admitted inside the Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. U.S. Courthouse, Tuesday, June 13, 2023, in Miami. Former President Donald Trump is making a federal court appearance on dozens of felony charges accusing him of illegally hoarding classified documents and thwarting the Justice Department’s efforts to get the records back. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) Rebecca Blackwell/AP

Donald Trump indicted: Crowd swells outside Miami courthouse before former president’s arrest

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MIAMI — Dozens of protesters supporting and opposing former President Donald Trump gathered Tuesday outside a federal courthouse in Miami, Florida, where Trump is expected to be arraigned after being indicted last week on charges related to his alleged mishandling of classified documents.

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Most of the protesters assembled outside of the courthouse were supporting Trump, waving flags and wearing red Trump-themed hats. Activist Lara Loomer is among the Trump supporters gathered ahead of the expected arrival of Trump later Tuesday afternoon.

Included among the protesters, journalists, and police assembled outside the courthouse are vendors who are selling Trump-themed merchandise, along with Trump supporters who are live streaming the protests ahead of Trump’s arrival.

Among the crowd was one individual who was protesting the former president. Most of the people outside of the courthouse are locals, but some traveled to Miami for the arraignment, including some who flew from Texas.

Despite anticipated crowds, members of the media and police outnumbered protesters outside the Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. U.S. Courthouse. Trump is expected to leave the Trump National Doral Miami, where he was staying overnight, to head to the courthouse shortly.

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The former president was charged with 31 counts of willful retention of national defense information, one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, one count of withholding a document or record, one count of corruptly concealing a document or record, one count of concealing a document in a federal investigation, one count for a scheme to conceal, and one count related to alleged false statements.

Trump is the first current or former president to be federally indicted. He was indicted on state charges by a grand jury in Manhattan in March.

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