Trump Pleads Not Guilty in Election Fraud Suit
Former US President Donald Trump pleaded not guilty in the wide-ranging Florida election interference case after his indictment in Fulton County in late August.
Trump is one of 19 people charged with conspiring to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. He faces 13 felony charges, including racketeering, for allegedly pressuring Georgia election officials to change the results of the vote in that state.
The former president has repeatedly denied wrongdoing in the case, which he has described as politically motivated. In a document filed on 31 August, he formally asked a judge to sever his case from his co-defendants, who are pursuing a quick trial. Trump attorney Steven Sadow said he would not have “sufficient time” to prepare for trial by 23 October.
“Understanding my rights, I do hereby freely and voluntarily waive my right to be present at my arraignment on the indictment and my right to have it read to me in open court,” the signed document stated.
After turning himself in at Fulton County Jail, Trump agreed to a $200,000 bail bond and other release conditions, including not using social media to target the co-defendants and witnesses in the case.