Donald Trump, the former President of the United States, formally entered a plea of not guilty in the Georgia criminal case on Thursday. This case involves allegations of racketeering and conspiracy related to attempts to overturn the 2020 election, as indicated in court documents.
Instead of appearing physically for the upcoming scheduled arraignment next week, Trump’s legal team submitted the plea in writing, in accordance with Georgia law.
According to CBS, Trump acknowledged in the court filing that he had discussed the charges outlined in the indictment with his attorney. He stated, “I fully comprehend the nature of the offences specified and my entitlement to be present at the arraignment.”
Furthermore, the former President explicitly declared that he willingly and voluntarily waived his right to attend the arraignment and have the charges read aloud in open court.
Trump, who is in the midst of a presidential campaign, was initially set to face the charges at 9:30 am next Wednesday.
In a separate legal manoeuvre on the same day, Trump’s legal representatives filed a motion requesting the separation of his case from that of his co-defendants. Some of these co-defendants have urged a speedy trial and have scheduled their trial for October 23. Notably, among the 18 co-defendants, only Kenneth Chesebro has a trial date set for that particular day.
Later in the day, Jenna Ellis, a former lawyer for Trump, also entered a plea of not guilty and filed a waiver for her appearance at next week’s arraignment.