Donald Trump election interference case in Georgia to be livestreamed

Donald Trump’s mugshot taken in Georgia last week  (Getty Images)
Donald Trump’s mugshot taken in Georgia last week (Getty Images)

Donald Trump’s election interference case in Georgia will be live-streamed, the judge overseeing it said.

Mr Trump is among 19 people charged with conspiring to overturn the state’s election results in 2020.

On Thursday, the former US president pleaded not guilty to the charges, meaning he will not appear in court on September 6 as previously planned.

It means Trump will skip having to appear before the court for an arraignment hearing, where charges are put to a defendant, as he had to do in other criminal cases he faces.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee said the case would be both televised and streamed on a court YouTube channel.

Last week, Trump turned himself into Fulton County Jail in Atlanta, as required by law, to become the first former US president to have his mugshot taken.

In Georgia state court, a defendant’s surrender and arraignment usually happen separately, meaning most defendants waive their right to appear in court to hear charges.

In total, he faces 13 charges, in what prosecutors allege was a sprawling conspiracy to overturn Joe Biden’s 2020 victory.

These include charges of racketeering for allegedly pressuring Georgia officials to reverse the results of the election.

In court documents, Trump said: “Understanding my rights, I do hereby freely and voluntarily waive my right to be present at my arraignment on the indictment and my right to have it read to me in open court.”

The Republican, who is seeking the presidency again in 2024, has long denied all the charges, insisting they are politically motivated.

The case, filed under Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, is sprawling, and the logistics of bringing it to trial are likely to be complicated.

At least two of Trump’s co-defendants have filed demands for a speedy trial and have asked to be tried separately from others in the case, while some of the others charged are trying to move their cases to federal court.