Trump indictment updates: Trump attacks special counsel after court

Trump's attorney entered a plea of not guilty.

Former President Donald Trump made his first appearance Tuesday in a federal courtroom in Miami after he was indicted in an investigation into his handling of classified documents.

Trump, who has repeatedly denied any allegations of impropriety, entered a not guilty plea through his attorneys and did not speak at all during the court appearance.

Trump has been charged with 37 counts: 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 of scheme to conceal; and one count of false statements and representations.

Pence says he can’t defend what is alleged against Trump

Former Vice President Mike Pence said in an interview that he could not defend what was alleged against the former president.

After reading the indictment, Pence called the allegations charging former President Donald Trump "very serious" in an audio interview Tuesday with the Wall Street Journal.

"As the father and father-in-law of two men that currently serve in the Armed Forces of the United States, I will never diminish concerns over the handling of classified materials," Pence said. "I can't defend what has been alleged here, but the president is entitled to his day in court."

Trump attacks special counsel in speech

Trump also specifically took aim at special prosecutor Jack Smith and the Department of Justice– the government agency he once led as president.

Trump also said during his speech that they made the right move in not bringing charges against former Vice President Mike Pence for his handling of classified documents.

"He totally exonerated Mike Pence. I'm happy about that. Mike did nothing wrong, but he happened to have classified documents in his house," Trump told his supporters before name-calling Smith who he said does "political hit jobs."

"I will tell you, I'm here. And I love you all. And we can take them," he added.

-ABC News' Lalee Ibssa

Trump claims he had right to documents

Former President Trump wasted no time slamming the indictment against him over his alleged mishandling of classified documents but remained as defiant as ever during his first official remarks since he was arraigned in federal court.

"Today we witnessed the most evil and heinous abuse of power in the history of our country. Very sad thing to watch," Trump said in a speech Tuesday evening at his Bedminster club.

"It's a political persecution like something straight out of a fascist or communist nation," he added.

Trump once again falsely claimed that he was able to keep classified documents under the Presidential records act.

"I had every right to have these documents," Trump said.

-ABC News' Lalee Ibssa

Trump lands in New Jersey

Former President Donald Trump's plane landed in Newark, New Jersey.

He will depart to his Bedminster club to greet a host of supporters, GOP donors and other guests.

-ABC News' Darren Reynolds

Trump enters not guilty plea

Defense attorney Todd Blanche entered a not guilty plea on behalf of former President Donald Trump.

Trump was frowning at some points and was looking down toward the floor for most of the hearing.

Trump was already in the courtroom by about 2:45 p.m., ahead of the scheduled 3 p.m. start time. Seated at the same table as Trump was his aide and co-defendant, Walt Nauta.

Trump waited in the courtroom for about 10 minutes before the judge arrived.

At first Trump appeared slumped in his chair, but when the judge asked for him to be officially arraigned, the former president sat up a bit and crossed his arms.

At one point during the arraignment, the magistrate judge asked Trump's lawyers Todd Blanche and Chris Kise if they were permanent attorneys, and they indicated they were.

Trump was barred from speaking to any witnesses about the case, except through counsel.

The court did not impose restrictions on Trump’s travel and his passport was not revoked. There will also be no limitations on his ability to possess a firearm.

Nauta did not enter a plea because he does not have local representation. He's set to return to court on June 27.

Trump never looked back at Smith during the hearing. Trump left the room before the special counsel.