Trump May Reportedly Skip Appearing At The Upcoming Georgia Arraignment — A Strategic Move?

Former U.S. President Donald Trump is reportedly weighing the possibility of not attending his upcoming arraignment in Georgia, sources reveal.

What Happened: According to a CBS News report on Tuesday, Trump is considering the option to waive his right to appear at the arraignment slated for the morning of September 6. The former President is facing 13 felony charges associated with an alleged conspiracy to reverse the results of the Georgia presidential election.

Fulton County Superior Court allows defendants the choice to either attend arraignments via a virtual platform or forego their right to appear entirely. In case of the latter, a defense attorney would submit a written plea of not guilty on behalf of the defendant.

A number of Trump’s co-defendants have already chosen to waive their arraignments and have submitted not guilty pleas, thus exempting them from making a personal appearance.

As of now, Trump has not officially submitted a waiver of arraignment to the court. If he decides to opt out of this arraignment, it would mark his first time doing so in the criminal cases lodged against him this year.

A week ago, Trump, who has consistently denied any wrongdoing, turned himself in at the Fulton County jail. He and 18 others are accused of being involved in a “criminal enterprise” with the aim of overturning his defeat in Georgia’s 2020 presidential election.

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Why It Matters: Last week, Trump voluntarily surrendered to authorities at the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta, Georgia, marking his fourth indictment on charges related to efforts to reverse the state’s 2020 election results.

This was a historic moment as Trump became the first former U.S. President to face criminal charges. After his arrest, Trump recounted his experience of the booking process at the jail as a "terrible" one in interviews with Fox News Digital and Newsmax.

In a surprising move, Trump chose to use the services of a renowned Atlanta-based bail bondsman to pay his $200,000 bail. Amidst these legal troubles, Trump could potentially capitalize on his arrest and the resulting mugshot by featuring it on campaign merchandise.

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