Trump co-defendant Powell pleads not guilty in Georgia election subversion case

By Jasper Ward

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Attorney Sidney Powell, one of former U.S. President Donald Trump’s 18 co-defendants in the Georgia 2020 election subversion case, has waived a formal arraignment and pleaded not guilty, a court filing on Tuesday showed.

Other Trump allies, Trevian Kutti and Ray Smith, have also waived formal arraignment and entered not guilty pleas.

The former president is scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 6 as Fulton County prosecutors eye an October start to the trial.

The Fulton County has charged Trump with 13 felony counts including racketeering for pressuring state officials to reverse his 2020 election loss and setting up an illegitimate slate of electors to undermine the formal congressional certification of Democratic President Joe Biden’s victory.

The latest charges marks Trump’s fourth indictment since launching his reelection campaign for president.

(Reporting by Jasper Ward; Editing by Susan Heavey and Lisa Shumaker)