Trump allies plead not guilty in Arizona 'fake electors' case

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PHOENIX — Allies of former President Donald Trump pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Arizona on charges related to their involvement in a plan to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in the state.

The 11 people arraigned Tuesday include former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and so-called “fake electors” who signed documents claiming to be Arizona’s Electoral College electors, even though now-President Joe Biden narrowly carried the state and Arizona certified his victory.

Others arraigned Tuesday were former Arizona GOP Chair Kelli Ward and her husband Michael Ward; state legislator Anthony Kern; Robert Montgomery, the former head of the Cochise County GOP; Republican Party activists Samuel Moorhead, Nancy Cottle and Loraine Pellegrino; Greg Safsten, the former Arizona GOP executive director; former Trump attorney Christina Bobb; and Tyler Bowyer, the Republican National Committee’s Arizona committeeman and the chief operating officer of the Trump-aligned Turning Point Action.

Giuliani, Bowyer, Cottle, Montgomery, Pellegrino and Bobb appeared virtually.