Two more Trump co-defendants plead not guilty, waive arraignment in Georgia

August 29, 2023

Two more Trump co-defendants—campaign attorney Sydney Powell and entertainment publicist Trevian Kutti—have pleaded not guilty and waived their arraignments in Fulton County, Georgia on charges related to the attempt to overturn that state’s 2020 Presidential election.

The pair are among among 19 co-defendants, including former President Trump, who were indicted by a grand jury following Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ investigation into election interference. 

All 19 are facing racketeering charges.

Powell is facing six additional charges including two counts of conspiracy to commit election fraud. She was one of Trump’s attorneys after he lost the 2020 election but made unfounded claims that it had been stolen from him. Last week she turned herself in at Fulton County jail and agreed to a $100,000 bond deal.

Along with racketeering, Kutti, whose former clients include R. Kelly and Kanye West, faces two additional criminal counts:  conspiracy to commit solicitation of false statements and writings, and  influencing witnesses.

She is accused of attempting to influence the testimony of Fulton County election worker Ruby Freeman, who was already receiving threats when Kutti approached her. 

The pair’s not guilty pleas follow that of co-defendant Ray Smith, who pleaded not guilty and waived his arraignment on Monday. All of the co-defendants, including Trump, had been scheduled to be arraigned in person on September 6, though more could act as these three have, enter a plea early and waive arraignment—instead of doing so in front of courtroom cameras. 

Their pleas also come as Willis has filed to fast-track the trial for all 19 co-defendants—not just attorney Kenneth Chesebro who requested a speedy trial—while permitting the rest of the 19 to file motions to sever from the larger case.

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