15.04.2024

Trump arraignment scheduled for next week in Georgia election case

Donald Trump’s arraignment in Fulton County, Georgia has been scheduled for 9.30am on 6 September, a court docket has revealed. The remaining 18 defendants in the 2020 election subversion case have been scheduled to be arraigned after Mr Trump in 15-minute increments.

Former New York Mayor and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani is scheduled to be arraigned at 9.45am, and former law professor John Eastman after that at 10am.

“Kraken” lawyer Sidney Powell is set to be arraigned at 10.15am on 6 September – Wednesday next week – followed by former Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows at 10.30am.

Mr Trump will be arraigned in Fulton County Superior Court and he will be asked to enter a plea.

All 19 defendants, including the ex-president, surrendered in Atlanta last week for their booking procedures, with 18 being released on bond. The only defendant to remain at the jail is Harrison Floyd, who was denied release after he didn’t reach a bond agreement with the office of the district attorney.

On Monday, a federal judge in Atlanta will hear arguments from Mr Meadows in his attempt to move his racketeering case from Fulton County to federal court.

The former White House chief is arguing that his actions alleged in the indictment were connected to his job as an official on the federal level. Mr Trump is also expected to request that his case be moved to federal court, partly in the hope that he gets a more amiable jury as the pool would include more suburban residents around Atlanta.

But Georgia State University assistant law professor Anthony Michael Kreis has told The New York Times that the indictment could contain information that may reject that argument.

The indictment states that the election interference went on until September 2021, eight months after Mr Trump left office. At that time, Mr Trump asked Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to decertify the 2020 election and that he “announce the true winner”.

Mr Raffensperger was on the other end of the line during infamous 2 January 2021 phone call when Mr Trump asked him to “find” 11,780 votes to put him ahead of President Joe Biden by one ballot.

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