Former President Donald Trump notified the judge overseeing his criminal case in Georgia that he is waiving his right to appear for an impeachment hearing. In doing so, Trump said he was pleading not guilty to the 13-count indictment.
Trump signed the court document, which states that he consulted with his attorney before making the decision and “fully understands” the allegations.
Trump, along with 18 others, convicted In an alleged plan to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia. All of the defendants face at least one charge of violating the state’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.
Trump surrendered to authorities at the Fulton County Jail last week. He was only at the facility for a few minutes before he was officially in action. This included taking fingerprints and taking his mugshot.
The case is the result of a two-year investigation by Fulton County District Attorney Fannie Willis. He accused the former president and his allies of trying to destroy the will of the voters.
It is one of four criminal cases in which Trump is currently involved.
He was first indicted in New York earlier this year in a hush-money payment scheme. That indictment was followed by federal charges in a classified documents case. Special Counsel Jack Smith also accused Trump of leading a conspiracy to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Trump has maintained his innocence in all cases and claims it is all part of a “witch hunt” and an attempt to interfere in the upcoming presidential election.