For the trial of former president Donald Trump and all 18 of his co-defendants in the case involving alleged attempts to rig the 2020 presidential election, district attorney Fani Willis has requested a Fulton County judge to set a date.
Responding to defendant Kenneth Chesebro’s demand for a speedy trial, Willis “respectfully” asked that the trial “commence for all 19 defendants on October 23, 2023.”
Trump, his former White House top of staff Mark Meadows, his former attorneys Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, Jenna Ellis, Kenneth Chesebro, Jeff Clark, and John Eastman, among others, were all indicted as part of the Fulton County investigation.
The charges include breaking Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations Act, Solicitation of Oath Violation by a Public Officer, Conspiracy to Commit Impersonating a Public Officer, Forgery in the First Degree, Forgery in the First Degree, Committing False Statements and Writings, Committing Filing False Documents, and Solicitation of Oath Violation by a Public Officer. Everyone is charged with different things.
One count of violating the Georgia RICO Act, three charges of criminal solicitation, six counts of criminal conspiracy, one count of filing false documents, and two counts of making false statements were among the 13 counts against the former president that were filed in Fulton County.
The Fulton County Superior Court’s Judge Scott McAfee set the former president’s bond at $200,000. He is currently the leading Republican candidate for president in 2024.
Trump is anticipated to surrender himself at the Fulton County jail in Atlanta, Georgia, a few hours after the filing.
Trump is anticipated to be compelled to take a mugshot. During processing, photographs were taken of other defendants indicted in connection with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ investigation, including former Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, Jenna Ellis, and others.
Trump hired white collar defence lawyer Steven Sadow, who is headquartered in Atlanta, to represent him in the Fulton County case. Drew Findling, who had been advocating for him in the matter, will be replaced by Sadow. According to a reliable source who spoke to Fox News Digital, Findling no longer represents Trump.
“I have been retained to represent President Trump in the Fulton County, Georgia case,” Sadow said in a statement. “The President should never have been indicted. He is innocent of all the charges brought against him.”
Sadow added: “We look forward to the case being dismissed or, if necessary, an unbiased, open-minded jury finding the President not guilty. Prosecutions intended to advance or serve the ambitions and careers of political opponents of the President have no place in our justice system.”
The Georgia indictment was Trump’s fourth, making him the first former president in American history to be charged with a crime.