Updated Sep 5, 2023 - Politics & Policy

All 19 defendants in Georgia 2020 election case have pleaded not guilty

Mark Meadows lowering glasses and staring in a different direction from the camera

Former Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows speaks during a forum in November 2022. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Seven defendants charged in the Fulton County, Georgia, election subversion case, including former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, multiple outlets reported.

Why it matters: Now, all 19 defendants in the case over alleged efforts to overturn the state's 2020 election results have pleaded not guilty.

Driving the news: Meadows and the remaining co-defendants, including conservative attorney John Eastman, waived their scheduled arraignments.

Details: The others who pleaded not guilty and waived their arraignments on Tuesday were:

  • Jeffrey Clark, a former Department of Justice official.
  • Shawn Still, a current Georgia state senator.
  • Cathy Latham, former chair of the Coffee County Republican Party and a fake GOP elector.
  • David Shafer, former chair of the Georgia Republican Party and a fake GOP elector
  • Misty Hampton, former Coffee County elections director

Of note: Meadows, Clark, Shafer and Latham are all working to get their cases moved to federal court, per CNN.

The big picture: Former President Trump and 18 co-defendants were indicted in August.

  • The case differs from Trump's three other indictments in its public nature. It will be televised, and it produced the only existing mug shot of a current or former U.S. president.
  • Trump pleaded not guilty on Aug. 31 and also waived his arraignment.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with details throughout.

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