The indictment charges Trump with conspiracy to defraud the United States; conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding; obstruction; and conspiracy against the right to vote and to have one’s vote counted.
Trump appeared before Magistrate Judge Moxila A. Upadhyaya at the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse. The hearing began at 4:15 p.m. ET and lasted less than 30 minutes. The next court date is Aug. 28.
Trump also faces charges in a separate case brought by special counsel Jack Smith, in which he has been accused of mishandling the nation's secrets since leaving the White House. In addition, the former president was charged by Manhattan's district attorney earlier this year in connection with hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election. Trump has denied wrongdoing in all the cases.