Trump Pleads Not Guilty In Georgia Election Case

Former US President Donald Trump pleaded not guilty on Thursday to allegations that he was part of a criminal conspiracy to overturn his 2020 election loss in Georgia.

The Republican presidential frontrunner, who is charged with 13 felonies, including racketeering, submitted his plea in a court document, waiving his right to attend at his arraignment next Wednesday.

Trump, 77, turned himself in to the Fulton County jail in Atlanta last Thursday, becoming the first former US president to be photographed in a police mug shot.

Trump, who was released on $200,000 bond and assigned the inmate number “PO1135809,” was accused of conspiring with 18 other defendants in a multi-pronged effort to overturn his defeat in Georgia.

The billionaire has been indicted four times since April, setting the stage for a year of extraordinary drama as he juggles frequent court appearances and another White House bid.

Trump is requesting that his case be separated from that of co-defendants who have requested a quick trial, including Kenneth Chesebro, a Trump campaign lawyer who is scheduled to appear before a jury in October.

Fulton County prosecutors want an October start for every defendant.

Trump’s arrest came a day after he spurned a televised debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin featuring eight of his rivals for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination — all of whom lag well behind him in the polls.

During the debate all but two of the candidates said they would support him as the party’s nominee even if he were a convicted felon.

Trump is the first US president in history to face criminal charges.

His various trials, if they take place next year, are set to coincide with the Republican presidential primary season, which begins in January, and the campaign for the November 2024 White House election.

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