In his fourth arraignment, former President Donald Trump was at an Atlanta-area courthouse, where he pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy in trying to change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
Trump’s plane landed in the Atlanta area after 7 p.m. and his motorcade arrived at the Fulton County Jail for processing after 7:30 p.m. Trump was fingerprinted, and got a mug shot, and paid a $200,000 bond. The 45th president and the motorcade left the jail before 8 p.m.
They are charged under Georgia’s Racketeering-Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, also known as RICO. The 98-page indictment says Trump and the 18 others “knowingly and willfully joined a conspiracy to unlawfully change the outcome of the election in favor of Donald Trump.”
Trump spoke briefly to the media before reboarding his plane.
“You should be able to challenge an election. I thought the election was a rigged election, a stolen election, and I should have every right to do that,” he said. “As you know, you have many people you’ve watched over the years do the same thing, whether it’s Hillary Clinton or Stacey Abrams, and many others. When you have that freedom to challenge, you have to be able to, otherwise, you are going to have very dishonest elections.”
Trump called the Georgia case and the other cases brought against him “a travesty of justice.”
“We did nothing wrong. I did nothing wrong. Everybody knows it,” Trump said of the various prosecutions. “ … That goes for the other ones, too. What they are doing is election interference. There has never been anything like it in our country before. This is their way of campaigning.”
Other alleged co-conspirators include former Trump lawyers Jenna Ellis, former federal prosecutor Sidney Powell, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, as well as former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Justice Department lawyer Jeffrey Clark.
Willis requested the court date for all 19 defendants to be Oct. 23. But the trial date will be set by a judge after arguments by the prosecution and defendant.
Georgia’s Republican governor, Brian Kemp, doesn’t have the power to grant a pardon to Trump under the Peach State’s law. Rather, an appointed board considers and approves pardons.
Earlier this month, special counsel Jack Smith secured a federal grand jury indictment in the District of Columbia against Trump similarly charging him with conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election.
In June, Smith secured a separate federal grand jury indictment against Trump relating to his possession of classified documents at his private home in Florida after leaving office.
Before the arraignment Thursday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, sent a letter to Willis seeking information about what coordination she had with the U.S. Department of Justice in bringing the charges.
Among the topics Jordan requested from the Fulton County office: “All documents and communications between or among the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office and DOJ and its components, including but not limited to the Office of Special Counsel Jack Smith, referring or relating to your office’s investigation of President Donald Trump or any of the other eighteen individuals against whom charges were brought in the indictment discussed above.”
In April, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg secured a New York state grand jury indictment against Trump for allegedly filing false business and campaign-finance forms in connection with allegedly covering up an affair with former porn star Stormy Daniels. Trump has denied the affair.
Trump also pleaded not guilty to the federal and New York state charges.
Have an opinion about this article? To sound off, please email letters@DailySignal.com and we’ll consider publishing your edited remarks in our regular “We Hear You” feature. Remember to include the url or headline of the article plus your name and town and/or state.
The post ‘Travesty of Justice’: Arraigned in Georgia, Trump Pleads Not Guilty to RICO Charges appeared first on The Daily Signal.
- The Sneaky Way Deep-State Bureaucrats Advocated Censorship of Americans in 2020 - November 13, 2023
- There Is No ‘Second America’ if This One Fails - November 13, 2023
- ‘Zero Appetite’ in Israel for Cease-Fire With Hamas, Embassy Official Says - November 13, 2023
New Right Network depends on your support as a patriot-ran American news network. Donate now