Georgia’s Election Case Against Trump to Extend Beyond 2024
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis expects a trial in the Georgia 2020 election subversion case against Donald Trump and his allies to continue into the 2024 election, possibly not concluding until early 2025. As Trump prepares for a potential third run for president, he is facing several legal issues that are hindering his campaign efforts, including a civil trial and three criminal cases. In the case brought by Willis, Trump and 18 of his allies have been charged in connection with efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, with Trump pleading not guilty and four defendants accepting plea deals.
Fulton County District’s 2024 Trial Prediction for Trump and Allies
On Tuesday, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis predicted that the Donald Trump Georgia 2020 election subversion trial would continue into the 2024 election and possibly not conclude until early 2025.
“I believe there will be a trial that will take many months and may not conclude until the winter or early 2025,” Willis revealed at The Washington Post Live’s Global Women’s Summit.
Trump’s Legal Troubles and Campaigning Conflicts
As Trump pursues his third presidential run, his legal issues interfere with his campaigning efforts, posing scheduling problems for his lawyers and campaign staff. Despite no set trial date in the Georgia case, the GOP 2024 presidential hopeful already confronts a civil trial starting January 15, coinciding with the Iowa caucuses; two criminal trials in March, and a third commencing in May.
Charges and Plea Deals in Willis’ Case
Trump and 18 of his allies, accused of attempting to overturn the 2020 presidential election, face multiple charges. Trump has pleaded not guilty to over a dozen charges in this extensive racketeering case. Trump and his allies have since seen four defendants accept plea deals.
Although Willis intended to try all defendants together, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee permitted two defendants to separate from the group for faster trials, but they eventually accepted plea deals.
Willis’ Thoughts on Appeals and Election Cycle Impact
Willis suggested that appeals in the case could continue for several years. She emphasized that she doesn’t consider election cycles when deciding which cases to pursue, since many Americans are under investigation for crimes ranging from shoplifting to murder.
“It would be tragic if under investigation for a shoplifting charge, you could run for city council, and the investigation would halt,” Willis said, dismissing this as foolishness at any level.
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