It was the first public appearance of former US President Donald Trump since he was indicted on federal charges of handling classified documents.
He will speak at the Republican convention in Georgia and then in North Carolina.
In 37 indictments released Friday, he is accused of keeping classified documents at his home in Mar-a-Lago.
Mr Trump has denied any wrongdoing.
He faces hundreds of charges of mishandling classified documents, including those related to U.S. nuclear secrets and military programs.
The indictment accuses him of storing files in the ballroom and shower room of his Mar-a-Lago, Florida mansion.
He has lied to investigative authorities and tried to obstruct the investigation about the handling of the documents.
These are the first-ever federal indictments against a former U.S. president.
Trump, who is running again for the 2024 presidential election, has expressed anger at the indictment, calling it a politically motivated “fraud.”
He also claimed that he had “nothing to hide” and provided the documents “openly.”
In a series of posts and videos on his social media platform Truth Social, Trump repeatedly said he was innocent and called the indictments a “political warfare” against him ahead of the 2024 election. Stated.
“We have a set of laws in this country that apply to everyone,” said special counsel Jack Smith, who oversaw the investigation.
As momentum begins to build for the 2024 election, Trump will speak at the Republican convention in Columbus, Georgia, before moving on to another Republican event in Greensboro, North Carolina, speaking at 6pm EDT (22nd). I plan to. :00 GMT).
Trump is now the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican nomination.
Georgia is likely to be a key battleground in the race for the White House and was also where Trump narrowly lost to current President Joe Biden in 2020, but the state poses further legal crises for the former president. may be exposed.
State officials are now investigating whether Trump broke the law when he asked Georgia Secretary of State Brad Ravensperger to “look up” the exact number of votes needed to reverse the vote. is investigating.