Trump, after entering not guilty plea, seeks to sever his Georgia election interference case

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(ATLANTA) — Hours after entering a plea of not guilty in the Georgia election interference case, former President Donald Trump has filed a motion to sever his case from other defendants who have requested a speedy trial.

The moves comes after a judge last week set a trial date of Oct. 23 for co-defendant Kenneth Chesebro, who had requested a speedy trial — prompting Fulton County District Attorney Fani Wiilis to reiterate her desire to try all of the case’s 19 defendants together.

In the filing on Thursday, Trump’s attorney Steve Sadow said that he “will not have sufficient time to prepare” for the case by Oct. 23.

“Respectfully, requiring less than two months preparation time to defend a 98-page indictment, charging 19 defendants, with 41 various charges including a RICO conspiracy charges with 161 Overt Acts … would violate President Trump’s federal and state constitutional rights to a fair trial and due process of law,” the filing said.

Defendant Sidney Powell has also filed for a speedy trail, with her attorneys saying in a filing Wednesday that Powell has “no substantive connection with any other defendant regarding the charges in the Indictment.”

Earlier Thursday, Trump entered a not guilty plea in the case and waived his right to appear at his arraignment.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee on Monday set the date of Sept. 6 for all 19 defendants to be arraigned on charges and enter their pleas in the case.

Several other defendants — including Powell, Trevian Kutti and Ray Smith III — have also entered not guilty pleas in order to avoid appearing at their scheduled arraignment.

The former president and the other 18 defendants were charged earlier this month in a sweeping racketeering indictment for alleged efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in the state of Georgia.

Trump has said his actions were not illegal and that the investigation is politically motivated.

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