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 not expected to be handcuffed
As negotiations reach final stages, ABC News has learned from sources that former President Donald Trump is not expected to be handcuffed or be required to empty his pockets when he's processed at the courthouse on Tuesday.
Trump is also not expected to have a mugshot taken, according to sources.
His hands are expected to be scanned electronically, sources added.
Trump will be asked for his name and social security number when he's processed, a law enforcement official told reporters.
The booking process is not expected to take long, a law enforcement official said, adding that it's "the same process that everyone goes through."
-ABC News' Katherine Faulders, Aaron Katersky and John Santucci