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Former US President Donald Trump pleaded not guilty on Thursday in a sweeping Georgia criminal indictment related to his efforts to reverse his defeat in the 2020 election.

“As attested by my signature below, I waive the formal indictment and enter my plea of ​​not guilty to the indictment in this matter,” Trump said in a court filing in Fulton County Superior Court.

The plea means Trump, the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican nomination, will not appear in person in court next week to face the charges.

An indictment charges Trump with 13 felonies, including one for pressuring state officials to reverse his defeat in the 2020 election and one for allegedly undermining congressional certification of Democratic President Joe Biden’s victory. Fraud also includes installing a false slate.

Fulton County prosecutors are seeking to begin the trial in October. Some of Trump’s co-defendants in Georgia, including attorneys Sidney Powell, Trevion Kutty and Ray Smith, have also waived formal indictments and pleaded not guilty.

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The 98-page indictment from Georgia, filed in mid-August, lists a total of 41 criminal counts against Trump and 18 other defendants.

The Georgia case is Trump’s fourth indictment. He will face trial in New York state in March related to secret money payments to a porn star and in May in Florida for mishandling federal classified documents.

Another indictment in Washington federal court accuses him of trying to illegally reverse his 2020 election defeat. Trump is to be tried in that case in March 2024, a day before Republican voters in more than a dozen US states will decide whether to give him a chance to retake the White House.

Trump has pleaded not guilty to all criminal counts and could spend much of the next year in court, even as he campaigns to retake the White House.

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