Legal Expert: What’s Next After Trump’s Not Guilty Plea?

Kevin Hogan
By Kevin Hogan
September 1, 2023NTD Good Morning

Former President Donald Trump has pleaded not guilty and decided to waive his arraignment in the Georgia election case. Did Mr. Trump choose to waive his arraignment to keep a low profile? And what are the procedural steps that necessarily follow his not guilty plea?

While Mr. Trump has filed a motion to sever his case from the other defendants who were seeking a speedy trial, Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis has reiterated that she wants to try all 19 defendants together. Some commentators have said Mr. Trump’s tactics are designed to delay the trial, while legal experts say he could freeze the Georgia case if he becomes president again.

Meanwhile, Mr. Trump’s campaign has raised over $9 million since the release of his mugshot—with the shot reproduced on t-shirts, coffee mugs, and posters across the United States.

NTD’s next guest, Paul Kamenar, has served as a public policy and appellate attorney, and is now lead counsel at the National Legal and Policy Center. He shares his insight on Mr. Trump’s plea—and what happens next in Georgia.

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