The Trump Georgia case has taken a dramatic turn as co-conspirators in the alleged plot to rig the 2020 election appear to be turning on the former president to protect themselves legally.
This report delves into recent developments surrounding the case, as reported by The Hill on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, including the potential strategies of key figures and the implications for the upcoming trial.
Mark Meadows, former White House chief of staff, stands accused of conspiring with Donald Trump in an attempt to manipulate the Georgia election.
A Politico report suggests that Meadows may join other former allies of Trump in holding him accountable for their actions.
Court records cited in the report indicate that Meadows’ defense attorney has highlighted Trump’s role in the controversial phone call on January 2, 2021, in which he urged Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” enough votes.
This phone call is expected to be a pivotal element of the prosecution’s case.
Meadows’ attorney, Michael Francisco, emphasized during the trial that Meadows played a minor and less provocative role in the discussion compared to Trump.
Raffensperger confirmed that Meadows did not make a direct request to alter vote totals.
This distinction in their involvement could be crucial in Meadows’ defense.
The report also connects Meadows’ case to recent developments involving Yuscil Taveras, the IT director at Mar-a-Lago.
Taveras reportedly withdrew his testimony in court and disclosed information linking Trump to efforts to erase security camera footage at the resort.
Politico suggests that this could bolster the argument that Trump obstructed justice and mishandled classified information.
Furthermore, three individuals – David Shafer, Cathleen Latham, and Shawn Still – have claimed in court filings that they were following orders from Trump and his attorneys when they were charged with attempting to tamper with Georgia’s election results by posing as voters.
This raises questions about the extent of Trump’s involvement in these actions.
The report also highlights Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’s push for a “speedy trial” for all 19 co-defendants in the case against Trump.
Willis has requested that the trial begin on October 23, a move that surprised many.
Only two co-defendants have been identified so far: former Trump attorney Sydney Powell and Kenneth Chesebro. Willis argues that trying the defendants separately would be improper.
Legal analyst Glenn Kirshner explains that prosecutors typically prefer joint trials to prevent the “empty chair defense,” where defendants argue that someone crucial is missing from the trial.
Kirshner suggests that co-defendants may claim that Trump’s legal counsel, John Eastman, was the true architect behind their actions, potentially creating reasonable doubt and leading to a hung jury.
Kirshner also predicts that several co-defendants will argue that they cannot adequately prepare for trial by the proposed October 23 start date, adding complexity to the legal proceedings.
Meanwhile, the Republican-led House Judiciary Committee is pressing District Attorney Willis for details regarding her prosecution of Trump, further underscoring the political significance of this case.