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Donald Trump pleads not guilty and skips court appearance

Donald Trump, the former president of the United States and current Republican presidential front-runner in 2024, has entered a not guilty plea in the Georgia election fraud case against him. In choosing to waive a court appearance, Trump submitted a document confirming his understanding of the charges and his right to attend the appearance. He is among 19 people charged with conspiring to manipulate the outcome of Georgia’s 2020 election.

Last week, Trump turned himself in to the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta, where he was arraigned and photographed. Despite facing 13 felony counts, including racketeering, for allegedly pressuring Georgia officials to alter the results of the 2020 election, Trump has called the proceedings politically motivated.

Trump has already made in-person appearances for his impeachments in New York, Florida and Washington DC. This marks a departure from that pattern, although Fulton County allows defendants to opt out of court for their arraignment.

The Fulton County Prosecutor’s Office, led by District Attorney Fani Willis, is drawing fire from Republican circles for bringing these charges against Trump. In fact, state Sen. Colton Moore recently urged Gov. Brian Kemp to initiate a special session aimed at impeaching Willis. Kemp, however, expressed reluctance to take that step without sufficient evidence.

This latest development comes as other co-defendants in the case, such as Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, also plead not guilty. All of the defendants, including Trump, are charged under Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, commonly known as the RICO Act, a law often used to link criminal underlings to those who orchestrate the crime .

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