Former President Donald Trump may skip his arrest in Georgia next week, according to two people familiar with his intentions.
Trump is considering skipping his scheduled court hearing on the morning of September 6. He has been charged with 13 felony counts of conspiracy to throw out the results of the Georgia presidential election.
What is a Waiver of Prosecution?
Defendants are given the option to participate virtually in their arraignments in Fulton County Superior Court or to waive their right to do so entirely. Instead, an attorney for the defendant will file a written plea of not guilty.
A number of Donald Trump’s 18 co-defendants have already dropped formal charges and filed pleas of guilty, freeing them from the need to appear in person.
Trump has not yet presented the court with immunity from prosecution.
Of the four criminal charges brought against Trump this year, it will be the only time he has not appeared in person for his arraignment.
The former president arrived at the Fulton County Jail last week after he and 18 other people were charged, with participating in a “criminal enterprise” that sought to overturn his defeat in Georgia’s 2020 presidential election. The former president has denied any involvement.
What additional charges are there against Trump?
According to the indictment, Trump and his co-defendants, among other things, lied to state legislators and state officials, falsified Electoral College documents, recruited supporters to vote fraudulently, intimidated a Fulton County election worker, and senior Justice Department officials at the time of the election. Calling officials and Vice President Mike Pence “corrupt.”
Trump has been charged in two federal cases, one related to the management of classified government records and the other related to a conspiracy to obstruct the transition of power after the 2020 election. In addition, he was charged in New York with falsifying financial documents related to “good money” payments to hide embarrassing facts before the 2016 presidential election. On all three occasions he has made the correct plea.