“Trump adviser Boris Epshteyn, other allies plead not guilty in Arizona”

Yvonne Wingett Sanchez for WaPo:

 Boris Epshteyn, a key adviser to former president Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to nine felony charges for his alleged role after the 2020 election to try to deliver Arizona’s 11 electoral votes to Trump instead of the rightful winner, Joe Biden.

Epshteyn, who remains close to Trump, called in to his Maricopa County Superior Court proceeding by phone. It was the first time he has appeared in open court for his alleged role in helping to assemble the elector strategy in seven states that Biden had won.

Two other co-defendants in the case brought by Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes (D) also appeared by video to plead not guilty to the same counts that Epshteyn faces, including conspiracy, fraud and forgery: Jim Lamon, a 2020 GOP elector from Arizona who signed paperwork purporting Trump had won the state, and Jenna Ellis, an attorney who presented baseless claims of widespread malfeasance in states lost by Trump and is accused of circulating the elector theory.

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