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TRUMP Pleads NOT Guilty in Georgia Election FRAUD Case

TRUMP is Waiving The Right to Appear in Court Next Week.

TRUMP Co-Defendant Rudy Giuliani Pleads NOT Guilty in Georgia Case

TRUMPS' Personal Lawyer Rudy Giuliani And Six Other Co-Conspirators Have Pleaded NOT Guilty to State Charges in Georgia.


BBC 2 SEP 2023






Trump is among 19 people charged with a conspiracy to overturn the US state's 2020 vote results.

He turned himself in at Fulton County Jail in Atlanta last week, where he had his mugshot taken.



In total, Trump faces 13 felony counts - including racketeering - for allegedly pressuring Georgia officials to reverse the results of the 2020 presidential election in that state.

In a court document filed on Thursday, Trump said he "fully understands" the nature of the allegations and his right to appear in court.

"Understanding my rights, I do hereby freely and voluntarily waive my right to be present at my arraignment on the indictment and my right to have it read to me in open court," the signed document says.

Trump, the current frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, has appeared at each of his three previous arraignments.

He was required to do so for the cases he is facing in New York and Florida, and opted not to request a virtual appearance for a separate case in Washington DC.

In all three cases, there was tight security as Trump supporters and counter-protesters gathered near the courthouses.

Trump surrendered and was arraigned simultaneously in his federal court cases, which led to his high-profile courtroom appearances. However, in Georgia state court, a defendants' surrender and arraignment usually happen separately.

Donald Trump: "I just want to find 11,780 votes"



Brian Tevis, an Atlanta attorney who represents one of Mr Trump's co-accused, Rudy Giuliani, told CBS, the BBC's US partner, that "99% of the time" defendants who are given the option choose to waive their arraignment.

Clark Cunningham, a law professor at Georgia State University, said that decision is "usually non-controversial".

"Trump fully knows the charges against him," he said. "That's the main purpose of the arraignment, to read the charges to the accused, and [to enter] the person's plea. So he doesn't need to be there, he knows what they are."

Earlier this week, three other co-defendants in the case entered not guilty pleas, including former Trump attorneys Ray Stallings Smith and Sidney Powell, as well as former celebrity publicist Trevian Kutti.

Trump was originally due to be arraigned on 6 September, followed by the other defendants in 15-minute intervals.

All 19 defendants in the case - including Trump - are charged with violating Georgia's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations Act, commonly known as the Rico act.

Across the US and at the federal level, Rico laws are used to help prosecutors connect underlings who broke the law with those who gave orders or organised the crime.

Fulton County's District Attorney, Fani Willis, a Democrat, has increasingly come under fire from some Republicans and Trump allies for her decision to indict Mr Trump in the case.

Earlier in August, State Senator Colton Moore sent a letter to Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, a fellow Republican, calling for a special session to impeach Ms Willis.

At a Thursday news conference, Mr Kemp said he had yet to see evidence that such a move would be justified.

"As long as I am governor, we're going to follow the law and the Constitution, regardless of who it helps or harms politically," the governor said.

All court proceedings against Trump and the 18 co-defendants in Georgia will be televised and broadcast on YouTube, a Fulton County judge ruled on Thursday.




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Giuliani is charged with 13 crimes related to efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election in the state.


He joins Trump and several other co-defendants in entering not guilty pleas, waiving their right to appear in person for a hearing next week.

All 19 have been allowed to go free pending trial after paying a bail bond.

On Thursday, the judge overseeing Mr Trump's case announced that the trial will be streamed on YouTube.

A date for the trial has not yet been set, but it could be next year, in the middle of the former president's run for re-election.

The next court date is an arraignment on Wednesday, a short hearing at which the plea is officially entered in court.

Trump and the other alleged co-conspirators briefly travelled to Atlanta last week to turn themselves in at Fulton County Jail and have their mugshots taken.

All 19 defendants in the case - including Donald Trump - are charged with violating Georgia's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations Act, commonly known as the Rico act.

Across the US and at the federal level, Rico laws are used to help prosecutors connect underlings who broke the law with those who gave orders or organised the crime.

They have denied any wrongdoing.

After surrendering to authorities in Georgia last week, Mr Giuliani, who was the mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001, stood outside the jail and called the prosecution "a travesty".

"I am very, very honoured to be involved in this case, because this case is a fight for our way of life," he said.

Other suspects who have entered not guilty pleas include Ken Chesebro; the alleged architect of the fake electors scheme who has petitioned the court for a speedy trial; and lawyers Sidney Powell and Jenna Ellis.
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Georgia Prosecutors Oppose Plea Deals For TRUMP, Meadows and Giuliani

Fulton County Prosecutors Unwilling to Offer Deals to Key Trio, Preferring Instead to Force Them to Trial & Wield The Power of Georgias’ Racketeering Statute to Their Advantage.

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Georgia prosecutors oppose plea deals for TRUMP, Meadows and Giuliani

Fulton county prosecutors do not intend to offer plea deals to Donald Trump and at least two high-level co-defendants charged in connection with their efforts to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia, according to two people familiar with the matter, preferring instead to force them to trial.


The individuals seen as ineligible include Trump, his former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, and Trump’s former lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

Aside from those three, the Fulton county district attorney Fani Willis has opened plea talks or has left open the possibility of talks with the remaining co-defendants in the hope that they ultimately decide to become cooperating witnesses against the former president, the people said.

it signals who prosecutors consider their main targets, and how they want to wield the power of Georgia’s racketeering statute to their advantage.

A spokesperson for the district attorney’s office declined to comment.

Trump and 18 co-defendants in August originally pleaded not guilty to a sprawling indictment that charged them with violating the Rico statute in seeking to reverse his 2020 election defeat in the state, including by advancing fake Trump electors and breaching voting machines.

In the weeks that followed, prosecutors reached plea deals in quick succession with the former Trump lawyers Sidney Powell, Jenna Ellis and Kenneth Chesebro – who all gave “proffer” statements that were damaging to Trump to some degree – as well as the local bail bondsman Scott Hall.

The plea deals underscore the strategy that Willis has refined over successive Rico prosecutions: extending offers to lower-level defendants in which they plead guilty to key crimes and incriminate higher-level defendants in the conspiracy pyramid.

As the figure at the top of the alleged conspiracy, Trump was always unlikely to get a deal. But the inclusion of Meadows and Giuliani on that list, at least for now, provides the clearest roadmap to date of how prosecutors intend to take the case to trial.

The preference for the district attorney’s office remains to flip as many of the Trump co-defendants as possible, one of the people said, and prosecutors have asked the Fulton county superior court judge Scott McAfee to set the final deadline for plea deals as far back as June 2024.

At least some of the remaining co-defendants are likely to reach plea deals should they fall short in their pre-trial attempts to extricate themselves from Trump, including trying to have their individual cases transferred to federal court, or have their individual charges dismissed outright.

The prosecutors on the Trump case appear convinced that they are close to gaining more cooperating witnesses. In recent weeks, one of the people said, prosecutors privately advised the judge to delay setting a trial date because some co-defendants may soon plead out, one of the people said.

On Monday, former Trump lawyer and co-defendant John Eastman asked the judge to allow him to go to trial separately from the former president, and earlier than the August 2024 trial date proposed by prosecutors.

Eastman also asked for the final plea deal deadline to be moved forward.

The court filing from Eastman reflected the apparent trepidation among a growing number of Trump allies charged in Fulton county about standing trial alongside Trump as a major Rico ringleader, a prospect widely seen as detrimental to anyone other than Trump.

In a statement, Trump’s lawyer Steve Sadow suggested the former president was uninterested in reaching a deal. “Any comment by the Fulton county district attorney’s office offering ‘deals’ to President Trump is laughable because we wouldn’t accept anything except dismissal,” Sadow said.

But the lack of a plea deal would be a blow to Meadows. The Guardian previously reported that the former Trump White House chief of staff has been “in the market” for a deal in Georgia after he managed to evade charges in the federal 2020 election subversion case in Washington after testifying under limited-use immunity.


It was unclear why prosecutors are opposed to negotiating with Meadows, though the fact that he only testified in Washington after being ordered by a court suggested he might only be a reluctant witness. Reached by phone on Monday, Meadows’s local counsel declined to comment.


The lawyers for Giuliani, meanwhile, have long said he never expected a plea deal offer. Giuliani’s associates have also suggested he wanted to remain loyal to Trump, who is scheduled to host a dinner at Mar-a-Lago in December to raise money to pay for his compounding legal debts.




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What Price Will Rudy Giuliani Pay For Smearing Georgia Election Workers?

Jury Trial Set to Begin to Determine Damages Rudy Giuliani Will Pay Georgia Election Workers- Judge Had Already Ruled Rudy Giuliani Defamed 2 Georgia Election Workers


TRUMPS' 2020 lawyer will face mother and daughter at trial who claim he destroyed their lives and caused them emotional distress by maliciously accusing them of election fraud


The Guardian 11 DEC 2023





Rudy Giuliani, the politician who was once lauded as “America’s mayor” but descended into the rabbit hole of Donald Trumps’ election denial lies, will face a Washington DC jury on Monday in a landmark case which could see him saddled with millions of dollars in damages.





For the first time at trial, Giuliani will be confronted in a federal district court with the consequences of the conspiracy theories he disseminated as Trump’s 2020 election lawyer. He will come eye-to-eye with the mother and daughter poll workers from Georgia who claim that he destroyed their lives and caused them ongoing emotional distress by maliciously accusing them of election fraud.

The stakes of the civil trial are exceptionally high. The plaintiffs are asking the jury to set damages of up to $43m as punishment for Giuliani’s “outrageous conduct”.

Legal experts and democracy advocates will also be watching closely to see whether a rarely used complaint of defamation can act as a deterrent on anyone contemplating another round of election denial in next year’s presidential election and beyond.




There could also be ramifications for the Rico organised crime prosecution that Giuliani is facing in Fulton county, Georgia, that also relates to his actions in the 2020 election.


After jury selection and opening statements on Monday, there will be three days of testimony in the DC trial. Headlining the witness list are the poll workers themselves, Ruby Freeman and her daughter, Shaye Moss.

“While nothing will fully repair all of the damages that Giuliani and his allies wreaked on our clients’ lives, livelihoods and security, they are eager and ready for their day in court to continue their fight for accountability,” said the women’s legal representatives at Protect Democracy, a non-partisan advocacy group.

Freeman and Moss became household names after they gave a moving televised account to the House investigation into the 6 January 2021 insurrection at the US Capitol. They recounted how their lives had been turned upside down by Giuliani’s relentless attacks.


“Be glad it’s 2020 and not 1920,” Moss, who is African American, told the hearing, invoking the history of lynching in the deep south.

Giuliani has already been found liable by the judge presiding in the case, Beryl Howell, for smearing the poll workers, intentionally inflicting emotional distress on them, and engaging in a conspiracy with at least two others to defame them. It now falls to the jury to decide the scale of damages.

Giuliani defamed the poll workers by accusing them falsely of criminal misdeeds during the critical count of presidential election votes in the State Farm Arena in Atlanta. As one of the key swing states in the 2020 race, Georgia’s 16 electoral college votes had the potential to determine whether Trump or Joe Biden would be the next occupant of the White House.

As part of the Trump team’s extensive efforts to undermine the election count and thereby foil Biden’s victory, Giuliani bore down on Freeman and Moss. He helped circulate a misleadingly edited tape of security footage from the arena which he inaccurately claimed showed them stealing votes for Biden.

He propagated the “Suitcase Gate” conspiracy theory – a video that falsely claimed to show the poll workers removing phoney ballots from suitcases stored under their table, then counting them “three, four, five, six, seven times …”

The court will be shown a sample of the ginger mint that Freeman passed to Moss during the counting process – Giuliani claimed it was a USB drive used to change the vote count on electronic tabulation devices.






His wild claims were fully debunked by Georgia officials at the time he was making them. In June a full investigation by the state’s election board cleared Freeman and Moss of any wrongdoing and dismissed Giuliani’s fraud claims as “unsubstantiated”.





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Years later, she still lives in fear that the lies will get her killed, she said.

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Scared for her life after Rudy Giuliani and other Trump allies falsely accused her of fraud, Georgia election worker Wandrea “Shaye”

Moss told jurors Tuesday she seldom leaves her home, suffers from panic attacks and battles nightmares brought on by a barrage of threatening and racist messages.



Wandrea “Shaye” Moss took the witness stand on the second day of the defamation trial that will determine how much Giuliani will have to pay Moss and her mother, Ruby Freeman, for spreading a conspiracy theory that they rigged the state's 2020 election results. Moss sobbed as she testified that her life was turned upside down by the accusations, though they were quickly debunked by state officials.

Moss' attorneys displayed a few of the graphic messages accusing her of treason and more that she received after Giuliani in December 2020 falsely accused workers at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta of tampering with ballots. Moss told jurors that she was a bubbly, outgoing person before the conspiracy theories began, but since then she's been stuck in a lonely cycle of crying and nightmares.

“I’m most scared of my son finding me and or my mom hanging in front of our house on a tree having to get news at school that his mom was killed,” the 39-year-old said. At one point in January 2021, she said, someone came to her grandmothers' door threatening to make a “citizen arrest.”

Moss and her mother are seeking tens of millions of dollars in damages from Giuliani in the defamation case at the same time that the former New York City mayor is preparing to defend himself against criminal charges in a separate case in Georgia.


Giuliani has pleaded not guilty in the criminal case that accuses him and others of conspiring to overturn Donald Trump's 2020 election loss. He has denied any wrongdoing.

The judge overseeing the defamation case has already found Giuliani liable, and Giuliani has acknowledged in court that he made public comments falsely claiming Freeman and Moss committed fraud while counting ballots. The only issue remaining in the trial is the amount of damages Giuliani will have to pay the women.


Giulianis' financial woes could compound as he faces mounting legal exposure

Legal issues have left him with what his lawyer calls "financial difficulties."

Rudy Giuliani Net Worth DEC 2023:


In the half-decade since he left New York's City Hall, lucrative consulting work and speaking fees had boosted his net worth to between $18 and $70 million...

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Despite a $148 million ruling against him for defaming two former Georgia election workers, Rudy Giuliani is doubling down on his defamation - and getting sued again over it!







MSNBC’s Brian Tyler Cohen explains why Giuliani’s antics could land him in jail, all in the midst of multiple other legal cases against him.







'I once got pulled over for a speeding ticket. Giuliani represented me in court and had the charge reduced to second degree murder'...





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Rudy Giuliani has filed for bankruptcy after a jury found he owed $146 million to Georgia election workers he defamed.

Rudy Giulianis' bankruptcy filing reveals he owes creditors over $151 million. The Daily Beast’s Roger Sollenberger has been digging into Giulianis’ finances to find out just who the disgraced mayor owes money to.





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Hundreds of Election Workers Have QUIT -- Due to THREATS


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MSNBC 14 JAN 2024





Attorneys for Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani and others were in Fulton County court for a hearing related to the Georgia election interference case.


Giulianis’ lawyers raised double jeopardy concerns if his client is charged in other states, which fell flat with the judge who asked,

"How does that become a double jeopardy issue if all the states are separate sovereigns?" A group of attorneys representing co-defendant Trevian Kutti, who appeared at the hearing virtually, asked to withdraw as counsel. Judge McAfee allowed them to do so and advised Kutti to find new representation.


Judy Giulianis' attorney crashed and burned in court Friday, as he tried to file a motion to raise concerns about double jeopardy — and was immediately swatted down as the judge poked a very simple hole in his argument, noted legal analyst Katie Phang.

Giuliani, a close associate of former President Donald Trump who served as a federal prosecutor and the mayor of New York City, is one of several co-defendants charged in the Fulton County, Georgia election racketeering case.

"If I understand the argument, is it simply that other states could prosecute your client for the same predicate act?" asked the judge.

"Yes, Judge," said the attorney. "For instance, our code in Georgia, you can't be sentenced for a RICO, the RICO, and the predicate act, but in Florida you can."

"But how does that become a double jeopardy issue if all the states are separate sovereigns?" asked the judge. "I mean, couldn't you be convicted in every single state, all 50 states, if there was an issue, without any double jeopardy concerns whatsoever?"

"You may have a point, Judge," conceded the attorney. "I mean, there may be something to that."

Law professor Randall Eliason says he has the answer.

"The solution to this," he said Friday, "is to not commit the same crime in multiple jurisdictions."


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Judge Sets Hearing Over Fani Willis Conflict-of-Interest Claims

Co-defendant Michael Roman requests DA be stood down over claims of improper romantic relationship with special prosecutor in TRUMPS' Criminal Trial


The Guardian 20 JAN 2024







Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and Nathan Wade arrive to speak at a news conference at the Fulton County Government building on August 14, 2023



The Georgia judge overseeing the racketeering case charging Donald Trump and allies with attempting to overturn the 2020 election results in the state has scheduled a hearing for February to weigh whether the Fulton county district attorney should be disqualified from prosecuting the charges.

In a one-page order, the Fulton county superior judge Scott McAfee set an evidentiary hearing for 15 February to address allegations raised by Trump’s co-defendant Michael Roman that the district attorney Fani Willis had an improper romantic relationship with one of her prosecutors.

The scandal intensified more than a week after the allegations against Willis surfaced in a Jan. 8 motion filed by former Republican campaign aide Michael Roman, who is one of more than a dozen co-defendants facing charges in the unprecedented RICO case against Trump in Georgia.

Days after the salacious allegations came to light, the case took a major unexpected turn when Willis received a subpoena to testify in Wade’s ongoing divorce proceedings on Jan. 23, lending credibility to the claims of an extramarital affair between Willis and Wade.

Meanwhile, the motion from Willis seeks to vanquish the subpoena in Wade’s divorce case, claiming “[Joycelyn] Wade is using the legal process to harass and embarrass District Attorney Willis, and in doing so, is obstructing and interfering with an ongoing criminal prosecution,” the filing states, according to The Atlanta Journal-Consitution.

Meanwhile, Roman’s motion urges Judge McAfee to immediately dismiss the charges and disqualify Willis from continuing to pursue the case against Trump and those accused alongside him.

So far, Willis has neither confirmed nor denied the salacious claims in Roman’s court motion, which also alleged the district attorney enriched herself through the ongoing relationship with attorney Nathan Wade, whom she hired in late 2021 to prosecute Trump on 13 criminal counts for his efforts to overturn the state’s 2020 election result.

Previously, the DA’s spokesperson said Willis would respond fully to the allegations “through appropriate court filings.”

Willis handpicked Wade to handle the unprecedented case against Trump, ostensibly to minimize any perceived impropriety, as Trump was the first U.S. president to ever face criminal charges.

Although Roman’s legal filing did not cite direct evidence of the alleged affair, it did raise immediate questions about the validity of Willis’ indictment against Trump while also highlighting concerns over Willis’ professional conduct.

Willis remained mum on the scandal for nearly a week before she finally broke her silence in a Jan. 14 speech at Big Bethel AME Church in Atlanta, where she was invited to speak as part of a tribute to Martin Luther King Day.

However, she did not offer any specifics about her private life, and she never mentioned Wade by name, although she vaguely acknowledged some personal shortcomings, saying she was not a “perfect person.”

The debacle threatens to derail the prosecution as Roman’s filing claims Willis and Wade are actively involved in an extraordinary romance behind the scenes, constituting potential ethical and criminal violations.

Legal experts suggest Willis’ credibility is at serious stake and that she could face a legal review that could ultimately bring her downfall as Fulton County’s lead prosecutor.

In his motion, Roman also asserted that Wade is being paid a significantly higher salary than other Fulton County prosecutors, allowing him and Willis to travel together on lavish vacations, including several luxury cruises.

Roman’s petition showed Wade billed Fulton County $6,000 for 24 hours of work on Jan. 5, 2021, leading to accusations of honest services fraud — a federal crime involving improper kickbacks — which raises the prospect for Willis to face federal racketeering charges.

Since taking over the prosecution against Trump, Wade has received more than $654,000 in legal fees that Willis signed off.

In her speech before the congregation, however, Willis insisted that Wade is being paid the same as two other special prosecutors assisting him in the case against Trump




Willis faced immediate pressure to resign from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who represents Georgia’s 14th District, after she filed a complaint with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and state Attorney General Chris Carr, claiming Willis had engaged in criminal misconduct and an “illegal conflict of interest.”







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Harrison Floyd, one of 18 people indicted in Fulton County, Georgia, along with Former President Donald Trump, is expected to face an Atlanta Judge Friday for a motion hearing.


Floyd, the former director of Black Voice for Trump, faces charges for his alleged involvement in the plot to get then-Fulton County election worker Ruby Freeman to falsely admit that she committed election fraud.





Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee will hear arguments on multiple motions; more than half of them aimed to dismiss three felony charges against Floyd.




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How Georgia prosecutor affair claims affect a TRUMP trial







TRUMP is trying to get charges that he meddled in the 2020 presidential election in Georgia thrown out because of the state district attorneys' conduct. Will he succeed?

The former president has been trying to get his criminal trials delayed, by various legal claims and technicalities.



But now something much more personal has emerged in the Georgia case which could yet work in his favour.

The central question is whether District Attorney Fani Willis and the special prosecutor she hired, Nathan Wade, had a romantic relationship which compromises the integrity of the case.

Ms Willis launched the investigation which led to 13 charges against the former president, including unlawfully conspiring to change the election result.

But in recent weeks it is the district attorneys' actions that are getting most scrutiny.


What's The Latest Development?


Ms Willis and Mr Wade have been issued with subpoenas by lawyers for one of Mr Trumps' co-defendants, Michael Roman.

The summonses call on them to appear at a hearing on 15 February to face questions about their alleged romantic relationship.

Mr Roman was an operations director on Mr Trump's 2020 presidential campaign and is seeking to have the charges against him dismissed.

He is accused of helping put forward a slate of fake pro-Trump electors (officials who certify election results), in Georgia and other battleground states.

On Friday, Ms Willis was also subpoenaed separately by the US House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee over allegations that she had fired a whistleblower who tried to stop a campaign aide from misusing federal funds.

It is part of a larger inquiry by congressional Republicans on whether the prosecutor used federal funds as part of her investigation into Mr Trump.





Ms Willis has described Mr Wade (right) as a "trusted friend"



What Are The Allegations Against Ms Willis?

In early January, Mr Roman filed a motion accusing Ms Willis of engaging in an "improper, clandestine personal relationship" with Mr Wade.

He claimed Mr Wade would not typically have been hired for the special prosecutor role due to his lack of experience.

His lawyer said the claims were based on sources and records from Mr Wade's divorce proceedings.

Documents filed in January in Mr Wade's divorce case suggest he paid for Ms Willis to join him on lavish trips while the case was under way.

Receipts provided by his ex-wife, Joycelyn Wade, appear to show the two took trips to Miami, San Francisco and Aruba. It is unclear whether he was reimbursed by Ms Willis.


How Does This Affect Donald Trump?

Trump has seized on the allegations.


He said on his social network, Truth Social, that the "lovebirds" are targeting him "in order to ENRICH themselves, and to live the Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous".

Mr Trump has since joined his co-defendant's motion to disqualify Ms Willis, arguing she violated state bar rules by claiming racism was motivating the effort to oust her.


How Has Fani Willis Responded?


The first black female district attorney for Fulton County, Ms Willis said earlier this month that her critics are playing "the race card".

In an emotional, 35-minute speech at a church's Martin Luther King Jr Day celebration, she said she appointed three prosecutors but "they only attacked one", adding that the other two outside lawyers are white.

A lawyer for Mr Roman has denied race was a factor in his accusations.


What Happens Next?


Ms Willis has until 2 February to respond in writing to the allegations.

The judge overseeing the case will hold a hearing on Mr Roman's claims on 15 February.

Mr Roman's lawyers have asked the court to compel both Ms Willis and Mr Wade to testify under oath during the hearing, as well as at least 10 other witnesses.


Could The Georgia Case Collapse?


The challenge could set back the proceedings, but there is so far no indication the case itself will collapse.

Anthony Michael Kreis, a professor at Georgia State University College of Law, told the BBC: "A disqualification poses a real danger to the work done by the Fulton County DA's Office."

He said the legal threshold to remove her over a conflict of interest would be high. But if the defendants persuade a judge to disqualify Ms Willis, her entire office would be off the case.


Another office would have to be appointed, Prof Kreis explained. In that scenario, it is possible the trials would proceed as planned.


Or the new prosecutor could "make light plea deals, or even give up on the endeavour entirely", said Prof Kreis.


Who is Nathan Wade?

Once a municipal court judge, Mr Wade is a trial attorney who has "decades of experience helping clients facing divorce, separation, and child-custody issues", according to his firm's website.

In her speech at the church, Ms Willis hailed him as a "great friend and a great lawyer", and a legal "superstar" with "impeccable credentials".

But his website and career show little experience with complex criminal cases like Mr Trump's - and Mr Roman has sought to question the prosecutor's CV in the wake of the allegations.


Still, Mr Wade was a "super competent judge" who was "timely, efficient with the docket and respectful", Holly Waltman, a criminal defence lawyer who knows him, told the BBC's US partner CBS News.







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FED Judge in DC Postpones TRUMPS' March Trial on Charges of Plotting to Overturn 2020 Election

Judge Tanya Chutkan orders delay in former presidents’ trial, which was due to start in Washington on 4 March


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A US judge has formally postponed Donald Trump’s trial on federal charges that the former president sought to overturn the 2020 election results.






The trial was due to start on 4 March in Washington before the delay ordered from the federal judge Tanya Chutkan.


Trial delays in general are not unusual in court cases. The delay in Trump’s trial in particular stems from an appeal by the ex-president that claims he is immune to prosecution for actions taken while he was in the Oval Office.

Chutkan had indicated in January that Trump’s original trial date – chosen last summer – would not hold because the case had been frozen by the former president’s appeal.

The judge has prohibited prosecutors from filing motions while the appeal is pending and made clear that Trump’s legal team would get a full seven-month period to prepare for the trial. Any time between December and the end of the appeals process would not count against that preparation period, Chutkan has also said.




Trump has been grappling with more than 90 criminal charges in various jurisdictions for subversion of the 2020 election, illegal retention of government secrets after he left the Oval Office, and hush-money payments to an adult film actor who has alleged extramarital sex with him.












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Huge WIN For Jack Smith: A Federal Appeals Court Tuesday Ruled TRUMP Does NOT Have Immunity From Charges He Plotted to Overturn His 2020 Election Defeat

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A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected Trump´s claim that he cannot be prosecuted because the allegations relate to his official responsibilities as president.



The ruling, which Trump is almost certain to appeal, rebuffs his attempt to avoid a trial on charges that he undermined American democracy and the transfer of power, even as he consolidates his position as the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination.

Trumps lawyers argued that former presidents were entitled to sweeping legal protections and could not be criminally prosecuted for official actions unless first impeached by the House of Representatives and removed from office by the Senate.

Trump was impeached twice by the House, but each time Senate Republicans cast sufficient votes to acquit him of the charges.

Judges homed in on the broad nature of Trump´s claim at a Jan. 9 hearing, questioning a Trump lawyer over whether even a president who ordered military commandos to assassinate a political rival could escape criminal prosecution without initial action by Congress.

Trump has repeatedly voiced his immunity claim on the campaign trail and social media, saying in a Jan. 18 post,

"ALL PRESIDENTS MUST HAVE COMPLETE TOTAL PRESIDENTIAL IMMUNITY, OR THE AUTHORITY DECISIVENESS OF A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WILL BE STRIPPED & GONE FOREVER."


The indictment brought by Special Counsel Jack Smith accuses Trump of using false claims of voter fraud to pressure state lawmakers, Justice Department officials and then-Vice President Mike Pence to thwart the certification of the election results. It is one four criminal cases facing Trump and one of two alleging interference in the 2020 election.

Trump has pleaded not guilty to four felony counts and accused prosecutors of a politically motivated effort to damage his campaign.

The immunity argument was previously rejected by U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan in December, prompting Trump to appeal.

Even if Trump´s argument is not accepted by courts, the appeal is likely to achieve his aim of delaying the scheduled March 4 trial and potentially pushing it until after the November election. The case is on hold while Trump appeals.

If Trump wins the election, he could seek to pardon himself or direct the Justice Department to shut down the case.




Trump can ask the full D.C. Circuit court and the U.S. Supreme Court to review the ruling, potentially leading to weeks or months of additional delay.








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A ruling by a federal appeals panel Tuesday determining former President Trump is not protected by presidential immunity in his election subversion case also propels the legal battle to get to the Supreme Court within days.

The rulings’ design essentially forces Trump to file an emergency appeal with the Supreme Court by 12 Feb if he wants to keep his trial schedule on hold, which would help align with his strategy to delay any potential conviction until after Novembers’ election.

Such an appeal would add a second historic Trump-related dispute onto the justices’ schedule; they will hear oral arguments Thursday about whether he can be disqualified from the ballot under the 14th Amendments’ insurrection clause due to his actions surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack.

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TRUMP Asks Supreme Court to DELAY January 6 Trial on Election Interference After Appeals Court Rejected His Immunity Claim

The move comes after decisive Appeals Court ruling against TRUMP. Judge Tanya Chutkan had originally set a March 4 trial date for TRUMP.

Ex-president met deadline imposed by federal appeals court to keep the criminal case on hold as he prepares a last-ditch challenge

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Lawyers for Donald Trump asked the US supreme court on Monday to keep on hold the criminal case over his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results while he prepares to challenge a recent appeals court ruling that found he was not immune from prosecution.

The former US president also asked the nations’ highest court to stay the US court of appeals for the DC circuit order that prevented him from seeking what is known as an “en banc” rehearing of the case by the full bench of appeals judges.






Trumps’ application easily satisfies this Courts’ traditional factors for granting a stay of the mandate pending en banc review and review on certiorari by this Court,” Trumps’ lawyers John Sauer, John Lauro and Greg Singer wrote in the 110-page petition.

The petition argued that Trump had met the key tests for the supreme court to grant a stay because there was a strong likelihood it would hear the case and because without a stay, Trump would suffer “irreparable injury” if the case proceeded to trial in the interim.

“It is axiomatic that President Trumps’ claim of immunity is an entitlement not to stand trial at all, and to avoid the burdens of litigation pending review of his claim,” the petition said.

The filing broadly expounded earlier arguments Trump had made about presidential immunity, which his legal team has viewed as the best vehicle to delay the impending trial because it was a vehicle through which Trump could pursue an appeal before trial that also triggered an automatic stay.

Trump has made it no secret that his strategy for all his impending cases is to seek delay – ideally beyond the 2024 election in November, in the hopes that winning a second presidency could enable him to pardon himself or direct his attorney general to drop the charges.

For months, Trump has attempted to advance a sweeping view of executive power – that he enjoyed absolute immunity from prosecution because the conduct charged by the special counsel Jack Smith fell within the “outer perimeter” of his duties as president.

The contention received short shrift from the US district judge Tanya Chutkan, who is overseeing his case in Washington and rejected his argument. It received similar treatment from a three-judge panel at the DC circuit, which categorically rejected his position.

“We cannot accept former president Trumps’ claim that a president has unbounded authority to commit crimes that would neutralize the most fundamental check on executive power,” the unsigned but unanimous opinion from the three-judge panel said.


“At bottom, former president Trumps’ stance would collapse our system of separated powers by placing the president beyond the reach of all three [government] branches,” the opinion said. “We cannot accept that the office of the presidency places its former occupants above the law for all time thereafter.”

But Trumps’ lawyers have long viewed the immunity issue as more of a vehicle to stall the case from going to trial than an argument they would win on its merits. It was perhaps the only motion they could make that triggered an appeal before trial and came with an automatic stay.

Trump was forced to appeal directly to the supreme court, instead of making an intermediary challenge that would cause further delay, after the DC circuit panel issued parameters on how Trump could use further appeals if he wanted the case to remain frozen.

The panel ruled that Trump needed to petition the supreme court by Monday to keep the stay in place. The stay would remain until the supreme court either declined to hear the case or until it issued a judgment in the event it did agree to take up the matter.

Stay up to date on all of Donald Trump’s trials. Guardian staff will send weekly updates each Thursday – as well as bonus editions on major trial days.

That effectively foreclosed Trump from pursuing an “en banc” rehearing – which is where the full bench of judges at the DC circuit would reconsider the decision of the three-judge panel – since pre-trial proceedings under Chutkan would resume while he waited for the DC circuit to weigh in.

Over the weekend, Trumps’ chief appellate lawyer John Sauer prepared the application for a stay, a person familiar with the matter said.

The concern in recent days among the Trump legal team has been whether the supreme court would agree to keep the case frozen while Trump made his final appeal, the person said. And even if they granted the stay, it remains unclear whether the supreme court would ultimately agree to take up the case.



How the court moves next could decide whether Trump will go to trial on the federal election interference case before the 2024 presidential election. Recent public polls have shown that voters would be more inclined to vote for the Democratic incumbent Joe Biden, who defeated Trump in 2020, if Trump was convicted in this case.

If the supreme court declines to hear the case, it would return jurisdiction to Chutkan in the federal district court in Washington. Chutkan scrapped the 4 March trial date she initially scheduled, but has otherwise shown a determination to proceed to trial with unusual haste.

If the supreme court does accept the case, the question will be how quickly it schedules deadlines and arguments – and how quickly it issues a decision. The closer to the end of its term that the court issues a decision, the more unlikely a trial would take place before the election.

The speed with which the supreme court moves has become important because Chutkan has promised Trump that he would get the full seven months to prepare his trial defense that she envisioned in her original scheduling order that set the 4 March trial date.










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The Supreme Court is moving quickly to potentially reject Donald Trumps' claim of absolute immunity, setting the stage for his trial to move forward without delay.

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Last weeks' appeals court decision rejected his claim to absolute immunity from prosecution in special counsel Jack Smiths' election interference case.






Key Insights

The lower court panel unanimously ruled that Donald Trump doesn't have absolute immunity against prosecution, setting the stage for his trial to move forward.

The Supreme Court is moving quickly and may make a decision that this case does not need to be paused or stayed.

The Supreme Court gave Jack Smith a week, but he may reply within two to four days, speeding up the process.

The Supreme Court may issue an authoritative legal opinion shooting down Trump's claim of absolute immunity, following the lead of other judges who have already rejected it.


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'One of your motions you tried to implicate I slept with him at that conference, which I find to be extremely offensive'


TRUMPS' attorney drains the gutter making 'distasteful' allegations about D.A. Fani Willis, trying everything he could to get Trump election case dismissed







Fulton County Special Prosecutor Nathan Wade got grilled on intimate details of his relationship with DA Fani Willis in stunning televised testimony – telling a lawyer for Donald Trump when the couple had 'intercourse' even as lawyers argued the couple went back further than he admitted.





Robin Latrice Yeartie testified that Fulton County DA told her about meeting special prosecutor Nathan Wade at a judicial conference in 2019, in a bombshell hearing






Trumps' shady lawyer Steven Sadow asked Wade about when precisely he had a 'personal relationship' with Willis, who along with Wade is fighting to remain as prosecutors on the election interference case in the state.


Wade told him that his relationship with Willis ended in the summer of 2023, prompting Sadow to ask if they had 'any personal relationship at all' at that point.

'Are you asking me have I had intercourse with the district attorney?' Wade shot back.

'The answer would be no.'

'You say personal. We’re very good friends,' he told Sadow. 'Probably closer than ever because of these attacks. But if you’re asking me about specific intercourse, the answer is no.'

Wade went back to the matter after spending hours on the stand, standing by a signed affidavit where he said the personal relationship began in 2022.

'Lets be clear: 2022 was the start of any intimate sexual relationship with the district attorney,' he said.

The stunning testimony came after multiple efforts by lawyers and the judge overseeing the case to use more euphemistic terms, including 'personal relationship,' 'dating,' and a 'romantic' relationship.'

The DA herself spoke to the early days of the relationship in her own explosive testimony, and bristled at a lawyer's suggestion they dated after meeting at a 2019 judicial conference.

She bristled that in 'one of your motions you tried to implicate I slept with him at that conference, which I find to be extremely offensive,' she told lawyer Ashleigh Merchant in her own testimony.

She snapped that Merchant tried 'to implicate that you slept with somebody the first day you met them.'

But the timing is critical, in part because of Wade's testimony that the personal relationship began in 2022, which puts the commencement after he went on the Fulton County payroll as a special prosecutor.

After a series of lawyers tried to poke holes in his testimony, Anna Cross, who represents Willis, asked Wade questions if there was a situation at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic that made him particularly vulnerable.

'In 2020 and a portion of 2021 I was battling cancer. And that prevented me from pretty much leaving environments that are sterile. I had health on my mind,' he said.

Fulton County DA Fani Willis went on international trips, dinner dates, and exotic excursions with the 'lover' who was a member of her prosecution team, but reimbursed him with cash payments, special prosecutor Nathan Wade said in explosive court testimony.


'It was cash – she didn’t give me any checks,' Wade said after getting grilled on the witness stand during an evidentiary hearing, after attorneys in the Donald Trump election overturn case sought to have the couple disqualified from the case.


Wade faced a barrage of questions both about the timing and nature of his 'romantic' relationship with Willis, and how he accounted for expenses while his firm earned more than $600,000 from the county.

'I never purchased a gift for Ms. Willis,' Wade said under repeated questioning by lawyer Ashleigh Merchant.

He said the pairs' accounting came in part due to Willis' concerns about being a high-profile figure while prosecuting Trump and 18 alleged coconspirators.

For safety reasons, she would limit her transactions,' he said. 'I used my business card for everything,' he said of his transactions.

He also attempted to swat down any notion that Willis was a financial free rider in the relationship, which he said began only in 2022 after he had entered a contract to do work for her office.



'You understand that she’s a very independent proud woman, so she’s going to insist that she carries her own weight. It actually was a point of contention between the two of us. She is going to pay her own way,' Wade said.











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District Attorney Fani Willis' testimony in her disqualification hearing wrapped up early after the state opted not to question her Friday morning.


Willis, who was expected to take the stand during the second day of the hearing, is facing potential disqualification after attorneys representing former President Donald Trump and his co-defendants in her Georgia election interference case raised concerns about her romantic relationship with a lawyer she placed on the case, Nathan Wade.

Willis provided testimony toward the end of the first day of the hearing on Thursday, but lawyers declined to continue questioning her on Friday.




The Fulton County prosecutors felt they got enough from Fani Willis’ testimony to beat back the disqualification attempts, making further testimony unnecessary-

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'Willis is done. She was devastatingly effective overall in explaining the truth. There are no grounds for disqualification as I & virtually every credible expert has said from the get-go'



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The justices leave in place an appeals court ruling that partly upheld sanctions arising from a lawsuit claiming that presidential election results in Michigan were rigged.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected appeals brought by Trump-allied lawyers who faced legal sanctions for baselessly alleging in court that the 2020 election in Michigan was fraudulently won by President Joe Biden.


By rejecting the appeals, the court left in place a June 2023 ruling by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that partially upheld the sanctions.

Prominent cheerleaders of former President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the election including Sidney Powell and Lin Wood were among the nine lawyers who initially faced sanctions for filing the lawsuit. Powell called the group "the Kraken."

The appeals court upheld sanctions against seven of them, including Powell and Wood.

The lawyers were ordered to pay legal fees, undertake new legal training and were referred to their respective state bar associations for any disciplinary procedures.






Wine Tasting Host Backs Up Fani Willis' Testimony

After spending more than two hours tasting wine at a Napa Valley estate with her top prosecutor on the Georgia election subversion case, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis reached into her purse and pulled out about $400 in cash.

Willis used the money to pay for two bottles of wine – each valued at roughly $150 – and the $50 tasting, according to Stan Brody, who said he hosted Willis and a guest he later learned was Nathan Wade, at Acumen Wines in early 2023.






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Trumps' New Self-Proclaimed Status Has People Laughing and Reaching For Dictionaries

Donald Trump raised eyebrows with his latest brazen boast to Fox News personality Laura Ingraham on Tuesday.

During a discussion on the multiple criminal and civil cases the former president is facing, the four-times-indicted Republican front-runner declared: “I’ve become an expert at law.”


The comment sparked a ripple of laughter from the audience.


“If I didn’t run, I wouldn’t have any of these lawsuits, you know that, none of them,” Trump added, a repetition of his baseless claim that President Joe Biden is directing the 91 criminal charges.



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U.S. Supreme Court has decided NOT to hear an appeal from a group of lawyers, who faced sanctions in Michigan over their involvement in baseless claims of election fraud during the 2020 presidential election.

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Detroit calls for pro-Trump attorneys Sidney Powell and Lin Wood to be disbarred for spreading 'objectively false allegations'



This decision leaves in place a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, which upheld the sanctions imposed on the lawyers.


The legal battle stems from a lawsuit filed in Michigan by Powell, Wood, and others attempting to overturn the state’s election results.

The lawsuit, which alleged widespread fraud in the electoral process, was part of a broader effort by allies of TRUMP to challenge the outcome of the 2020 election.

In response to the lawsuit, a district court in Michigan imposed sanctions on the lawyers, ordering them to pay over $175,000 to cover the legal fees incurred by the city of Detroit and the state in defending against the baseless claims.

Additionally, the lawyers, including Powell and Wood, were referred to the bar associations in their respective states for disciplinary proceedings.

The district court justified the sanctions as a deterrent against future lawsuits that are primarily aimed at spreading false narratives about the integrity of the election process. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit upheld the sanctions but reduced the monetary penalty to just over $150,000.

The Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the appeal effectively upholds the lower court rulings, reinforcing the consequences for lawyers who engage in litigation that is deemed frivolous, misleading, or lacking legal merit.

Sidney Powell, known for her dramatic assertion that she would “release the Kraken” in reference to legal challenges against the 2020 election results, has been at the center of multiple legal actions related to her involvement in efforts to overturn the election.

In addition to the Michigan sanctions, Powell faced charges in a racketeering case brought by the Fulton County District Attorney in Georgia. In August, Powell was charged in the Georgia case, which accused her of participating in a scheme to spread false information about the election.

In October, she reached a plea deal with prosecutors, agreeing to plead guilty to six misdemeanor counts. The charges and plea deal were part of a broader effort to hold individuals accountable for their roles in promoting unfounded claims of election fraud.

The Supreme Court’s decision not to take up the appeal is seen as a significant development in the legal fallout from the baseless challenges to the 2020 election.

It underscores the importance of maintaining the integrity of the legal system and discouraging legal actions aimed at undermining public confidence in the electoral process.

While the sanctions in Michigan focused on the financial penalties and disciplinary referrals, they also serve as a cautionary tale for lawyers who may consider engaging in similar litigation tactics in the future.

The legal consequences faced by Powell, Wood, and their colleagues highlight the responsibility that attorneys bear in upholding the principles of the legal profession and respecting the rule of law.






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New Discovery Shows TRUMP is ‘Very, VERY Worried’ About Georgia Election Case

Former TRUMP White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham and former special counsel at the Department of Defense Ryan Goodman react to new discoveries, a private investigator working with TRUMPS’ attorneys says they have made about the relationship between Fulton County district attorney Fani Willis and the lead prosecutor in the Georgia election subversion case Nathan Wade.

Fani Willis attorneys, responding to an earlier motion filed by TRUMPS’ lead attorney in the Georgia case, said the cited phone records “do not prove anything relevant” and should not be considered as evidence in proceedings to decide whether Willis should be disqualified from the case.





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GOP election deniers in the MAGA Republican-led House could steal the next presidential election for TRUMP according to a new piece. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center at NYU Law








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MSNBC 28 FEB 2024





A Georgia lawyer who had been billed as a star witness in the effort to disqualify Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis did not deliver damaging testimony Tuesday on her romantic relationship with prosecutor Nathan Wade.





Instead, the lawyer, Terrence Bradley, said he did not recall when asked a number of key questions during the two-hour hearing in Atlanta.

Most notably, he said he did not know when the relationship began – and whether it began after Willis hired Wade to spearhead the prosecution of Donald Trump and his allies. Bradley said he was speculating about the timeline.


Here are some key takeaways from the hearing:

Bradley – repeatedly – said he didn’t know when the relationship between Wade and Willis began. “I do not have knowledge of it starting, or when it started,” Bradley said at one point.

Bradley said he was speculating when he told a defense lawyer about the relationship. “I was speculating, I didn’t have a – no one told me. I was speculating,” Bradley said.

Things and the Judge got testy when various defense lawyers had their chance to pressure Bradley. “Mr. Bradley, ‘speculation’ is kind of a weaselly lawyer word,” defense attorney Richard Rice said at one point. “Let’s speak truth here and you’re under oath.”



Terrence Bradley Didn't Deliver For TRUMP Team

This hearing is about evidence Terrence Bradley might have had, and for the defense teams that called him to the stand, he didn't deliver.

"He'd made some comments to you along the way that led you to believe he had more knowledge than today he's testifying that he had," Judge Scott McAfee said bluntly to defense attorney Ashleigh Merchant on Tuesday afternoon.

Merchant and other defense lawyers in the Georgia election subversion case have been trying to stand up, with days of evidence and witness testimony, allegations that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and the lead prosecutor she hired for the Trump case, Nathan Wade, began an ethically dubious relationship earlier than they've said. Both have testified the relationship started after Wade joined Willis' office in late 2021.


The defense lawyers, one after another in court, grew frustrated — and confirmed with Bradley he had no direct conversations with Wade or proof of the prosecutors' relationship beginning more than two years ago.


"I never witnessed anything," Bradley said under oath. "I do not have knowledge of it starting, or when it started."


He said he remembers only one conversation, at a time he can't recall, that Wade told him Wade and Willis were dating.





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Fani Willis Qualifies For Re-Election - TRUMP Loses AGAIN...

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The Fulton County Board of Ethics had decided not to hear two complaints against District Attorney Fani Willis.


The board was expected to hear the complaints Thursday. But by Thursday morning, the board had removed the complaints against Willis from the agenda.

Trump and several of his associates have been charged with a serious attempt to interfere with the state's 2020 presidential election results. The charges were made public after a thorough investigation led by Willis.

This investigation scrutinized Trump and his team's efforts to overturn Joe Biden's victory in Georgia, highlighting a controversial phone call Trump made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. In this call, Trump suggested Raffensperger could "find" enough votes to swing the election outcome in his favor.

These charges mark a significant development, as they directly involve a former U.S. president in allegations of undermining the electoral process.











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Judge in Georgia Election Case Dismisses Six Charges Against TRUMP and Others But Leaves Most of The Case Intact

Charges for soliciting officials to violate their oath of office were dismissed, although the other charges remain

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Fulton county superior judge Scott McAfee dismissed some of the charges against Donald Trump

The Georgia judge overseeing the election-interference case against Donald Trump and 14 defendants dismissed six of the charges in the wide-ranging indictment on Wednesday, saying they were not detailed enough.


One of the 41 charges Trump and some of the co-defendants in the case were charged with was soliciting officials in Georgia to violate their oath of office. Those charges were dismissed. The other charges in the case against Trump and other defendants remain.

The six defendants who had the charge at issue in the case were Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Mark Meadows, John Eastman, Ray Smith and Robert Cheeley. In different ways all six men attempted to get Georgia officials to violate their oath of office as part of Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election, prosecutors said in their August indictment.

Those efforts ranged from pressuring Georgia lawmakers to appoint fake electors, to Trump’s infamous phone call with the secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, urging him to find enough votes to overturn the election.

But McAfee said on Wednesday that Fani Willis, the Fulton county district attorney, had not given enough detail in charging documents as to what specific language in the oaths of office defendants were pressuring officials to violate. The August indictment says the defendants sought to get Georgia officials “to violate their oaths to the Georgia constitution and to the United States constitution”.

That language was too vague, McAfee said on Wednesday. “The United States Constitution contains hundreds of clauses, any one of which can be the subject of a lifetime’s study,” he wrote. “The Georgia Constitution is not a ‘mere shadow’ of its federal counterpart, and although some provisions feature similar language, the Georgia Constitution has been interpreted to contain dramatically different meanings.”

“As written, these six counts contain all the essential elements of the crimes but fail to allege sufficient detail regarding the nature of their commission, ie, the underlying felony solicited,” McAfee wrote in his opinion. “They do not give the Defendants enough information to prepare their defenses intelligently, as the Defendants could have violated the Constitutions and thus the statute in dozens, if not hundreds, of distinct ways.”

Jeff DiSantis, a spokesman for Willis’ office, declined to comment on the ruling, but said it was being reviewed.

All of the defendants continue to face racketeering charges.

“I think it is a minor hiccup for the DA and less so signs of a fatal flaw,” said Anthony Michael Kreis, a law professor at Georgia State University who has been closely following the case. “It was never particularly clear what constitutional theory undergirded the oath of office charges. I suspect the DA’s office will button up their theory and go back to the grand jury.

“The ruling is consistent with Judge McAfee’s approach all along. It is a very thorough opinion,” he added. “Importantly, I think he’s explaining the law in very plain terms, which I think is meant to communicate what he’s doing and why to the public in addition to the parties. That suggests to me that he understand his rulings need a public education component, too.”






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Fani Willis to Continue as Top Prosecutor in TRUMP Georgia Case BUT Nathan Wade MUST Step Down

Judge Scott McAfee’s ruling comes after hearing on Willis’s romantic relationship with special prosecutor Nathan Wade

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A judge in Georgia has ruled that the district attorney Fani Willis can continue to head the prosecution of Donald Trump for trying to undermine the 2020 presidential election in the state, as long as a top deputy steps down.



The ruling came after hearings that offered a dramatic deviation from the racketeering case against Trump and 14 remaining co-defendants as it investigated Willis’s romantic relationship with Nathan Wade, a special prosecutor in the case.

The question at the heart of the matter was whether Willis had a conflict of interest in the case because of her relationship with Wade. Michael Roman, one of the 14 remaining defendants in the case, filed a motion in January saying Willis should be disqualified from handling the case because of her romantic relationship with Wade, which was not publicly known at the time.

The two eventually admitted their relationship, but said it did not begin until 2022, after Wade was hired to work on the Trump case. Wade acknowledged that he paid for vacations for the two of them to places such as Napa in California and Aruba, but he and Willis both said she paid him back in cash.

The hearing dived deeply into the personal lives of Wade and Willis, and featured dramatic testimony from Willis in which she bluntly accused Roman’s lawyers of lying and sought to regain control over one of the most high-stakes trials in America.

It also muddied the waters of the case – transforming a blockbuster prosecution about a criminal scheme to overturn the election into a salacious hearing about the love life of the district attorney. It was a transformation that Willis seemed keenly aware of when she took the stand in mid-February.

“You’re confused. You think I’m on trial. These people are on trial for trying to steal an election in 2020. I’m not on trial, no matter how hard you try to put me on trial,” she said.

The strongest testimony for defense lawyers came from Robin Bryant-Yeartie, a former friend of Willis’s who said the relationship between Wade and Willis began before Wade was hired. Willis’s lawyers cast Bryant-Yeartie as a disgruntled former employee of the district attorney’s office who had an axe to grind. No other witness corroborated her testimony.

The star witness for the defense was supposed to be Terrence Bradley, a former law partner of Wade’s. Bradley had told Roman’s lawyer that he knew the relationship began before Wade was hired, but when hetook the witness stand he refused to confirm what he said in text messages to her, and said he was only speculating.







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Rudy Giuliani has attacked Judge Scott McAfee who on Friday ruled that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis can continue prosecuting Donald Trump and other defendants, including the former New York mayor, in the Georgia election-interference case


Giuliani was one of 18 people indicted alongside Trump over claims they broke the law while attempting to overturn Joe Biden's 2020 presidential election victory in the state of Georgia.

Trump's legal team was hoping to have Willis removed from the Georgia case, at the minimum necessitating a long delay and potentially causing the trial to collapse.

Speaking on conservative network Newsmax, Giuliani, a close Trump ally and legal adviser following the 2020 presidential election, hit out at McAfee's decision. He said: "This is absurd. This judge is a disgrace. He's an absolute disgrace.

"This woman [Willis] committed perjury right in front of him...


What kind of a sissy boy is he?

The woman made a fool out of him, treated him like garbage... This judge has so little regard for the law."
Giuliani was charged on 13 counts including violating Georgia's anti-organized crime RICO act, conspiracy to commit forgery in the first degree and conspiracy to file false documents.

He, like Trump, has pled not guilty to all charges and strongly denies any wrongdoing.

On Friday, Giuliani also reiterated his concerns about the integrity of the 2020 presidential election in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

He posted: "It's no coincidence that three of the states with the most questions concerning election integrity and secure voting also happen to be the largest 'Swing States' in the country.

"Pennsylvania (#5), Georgia (#8), and Michigan (#10) saw some of the worst problems in 2020..." Giuliani added.


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Creditors pointed out the $3.5 million property is NOT exempt in his Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.


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Mike Lindells' and Kari Lakes' 'Explosive' New Evidence of 2020 Election Skullduggery Goes pfft


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Kari Lake and Mark Finchem continue their quest to outlaw Arizonas' vote counting machines, telling the U.S. Supreme Court they have “new evidence” that merits a “do-over” of the 2022 election.





Mike Lindell, Political Activist, Drug Addict and Conspiracy Theorist


All week long, My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell, who is underwriting their lawsuit, has been touting “the most explosive evidence ever!”

“It’s going to be the biggest thing ever, and we are going to save this country!" he said on Steve Bannon’s War Room podcast over the weekend.

By Thursday, he’d upgraded his promise to one of global import.




“It’s going to shock the world,” he told Steve Bannon on his War Room podcast, adding that people should buy his percale sheets to pass out to their friends along with the Supreme Court appeal. (“Get ‘em for everybody you know. Tell them about the Supreme Court case and here’s a set of sheets for you.”)


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Mike Lindell became a worldwide sensation when he began selling “My Pillows,” but a new report in Star magazine reveals that his road to success was paved with drug addiction, bankruptcies and divorce!

“I was an out-of-control drug addict,” Lindell once admitted.


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A California state bar judge ruled Wednesday that John Eastman, a co-defendant of former President Donald Trump in Georgia's 2020 election subversion case, should be disbarred.





"Eastman's wrongdoing constitutes exceptionally serious ethical violations warranting severe professional discipline," California State Bar Court Hearing Judge Yvette Roland wrote her 128-page ruling.


Eastman was a Trump lawyer during the real estate mogul's tenure in the White House and is one of 19 defendants, along with the former president, accused in the Georgia case of participating in a conspiracy to overturn President Joe Biden's 2020 election victory, which culminated in the Jan 6. 2021, attack on Congress.

The Nebraska native is described as one of the main architects of the plan to replace legitimate Biden electors with fake Trump electors in several battleground states. As part of the scheme, he is accused of pushing the idea that Trump's vice president, Mike Pence, had the authority to delay or adjourn the certification of Biden as the 46th president of the United States.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

In September of 2021, the State Bar of California opened an investigation into Eastman and the 11 disciplinary charges filed against him in January 2023.


Following a more than 35-day trial that involved 23 witnesses and more than 700 exhibits, Roland issued her judgment Wednesday, finding Eastman culpable of 10 of those disciplinary charges of failing to support.

"As counsel for President Trump during a disputed presidential election, Eastman made multiple patently false and misleading statements in court filing, in public remarks heard by countless Americans and to others regarding the conduct of the 2020 presidential election and Vice President Pence's authority to refuse to count or delay counting properly certified slates of electoral votes on January 6, 2021," Roland said.

"These statements, made with varying degrees of intent, were improperly aimed at casting doubt on the legitimate election results and support for the baseless claim that the presidency was stolen from his client -- all while relying on his credentials as an attorney and constitutional scholar to lend credibility to his unfounded claims."


She continued that Eastman's lack of remorse and accountability present "significant risk" that he may engage in further unethical conduct that could be a threat to the public.





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Georgia Election Interference: TRUMP lawyers argue that even his ‘LIES’ are protected


An attorney for former President Donald Trump argued in a Georgia court on Thursday that the election interference charges in the state against him should be thrown out because his statements are protected by the First Amendment.





Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee heard arguments from Trump attorney Steven Sadow, who claimed that without Mr Trump’s statements, no charges would have been brought.




The prosecution for the state argued that Mr Trump’s lies were used to push a criminal conspiracy and that Mr Trump has not been charged for lying, “he has been charged for lying to the government” as part of a “pattern of criminal conduct”.


Mr Sadow filed a motion late last year arguing that Mr Trump’s false claims of election fraud were political speech, and as such, he should never have been indicted in the first place.


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The Supreme Court has recently held that: The “First Amendment does not shield fraud”


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On Thursday, former President Donald Trump’s lawyers appeared in court in Fulton County, Ga., to argue that election fraud is protected by the First Amendment.


Trump’s counsel described Trump’s efforts to overturn his electoral defeat in Georgia as “core political speech” entitled to heightened legal protection. In Trump-speak, when he called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and pressured him to “find” 11,780 votes to change the election’s outcome, Trump was merely engaging in protected political expression.


Trump’s counsel argued before Fulton County Superior Judge Scott McAfee that “Criminalizing President Trump’s speech and advocacy disputing the outcome of the election, while speech endorsing (Biden’s win) is viewed as unimpeachable, is blatant viewpoint discrimination,” prohibited by the First Amendment.

While it is legally accurate to say that political viewpoint discrimination is a prohibited form of content discrimination, words of advocacy intended and likely to incite imminent lawless action, are not — and have never been — protected under the First Amendment.


As to fraud in particular, the Supreme Court has recently held that:


The “First Amendment does not shield fraud”

Fraudulent representations through speech for personal gain are “not protected by the First Amendment”

The “prevention and punishment of” fraud has “never been thought to raise any Constitutional problem”


It's the same rationale under which hiring a hitman, inciting a riot, inducing fraud, impersonating a government official or promoting a Ponzi scheme — although typically done with mere words — are not protected under the First Amendment. Trump would have the Georgia court protect his words by divorcing them from their meaning.


Enter The Bible Grift

Coming from a presidential candidate shamelessly hawking Bibles for $59.99 (plus shipping and handling), Trump’s manipulation of the First Amendment should come as no surprise.

The First Amendment has carefully guarded Americans’ core freedoms of religion and speech since it was adopted in 1791.

After the Constitution was ratified three years earlier, the First Congress of the United States proposed 12 amendments to it. First among them was the preeminent guarantee that the government would stay out of religion — forever — by neither establishing nor prohibiting its practice.

Cognizant of centuries of religious persecution, serious men of the First Congress did not stutter, demur or obfuscate. Their opening salvo in the First Amendment, now known as the Establishment Clause, declares that, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”

“Congress” in this context includes the federal government, since allowing the U.S. president or judicial branch to promote religion while prohibiting Congress from doing so would render the separation of church and state meaningless.


Trump is not so constrained.


To support his Bible sales, Trump’s three-minute promotional video says he wants to “Make America Pray Again” with a Bible “inspired by Lee Greenwood’s patriotic anthem.”

To solidify the symbolic merger of church and state, Trump’s Bible includes copies of the U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Pledge of Allegiance. His Truth Social promotion declares, “Religion and Christianity are the biggest things missing from this country… Order yours today! Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.”

Who knew a country music singer alive today inspired the Bible? Or that Bibles could be monetized to pay royalties to Trump like his steaks, Trump University or gold lamé sneakers? If Christian Nationalism weren’t so dangerous, the swindle would be funny.


Weaponizing Ignorance


Trump’s adversarial relationship with the U.S. Constitution demonstrates how he weaponizes the ignorance of his uneducated base. He gaslights them into believing up is down.

In late 2022, for example, Trump claimed that the 2020 election “fraud” — Biden won, of course — “allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution.”

Trump either seeks to terminate the Constitution, or invoke it, depending on his needs. Ignorant of early American history, as well as world history where millions of people have perished in the name of religion

Trump and his MAGA base want to declare the United States a “Christian nation.” Trump and his un-Christ-like CINOs (Christians in Name Only) blindly seek power, and have calculated — perhaps accurately — that falsely claiming religious persecution is the surest way to get it.

Moving to dismiss Georgia’s criminal election fraud indictment as unconstitutional, his counsel argued that the criminal indictment “directly targets core protected political speech and activity,” meaning Trump’s words were just words and the conduct he tried to orchestrate was immaterial.

Extending the theory, Trump’s words didn’t march into the U.S. Capitol with zip ties to assault elected officials on January 6, 2021 — just like guns don’t shoot people, people shoot people.
Trump continues to argue he is above the law

Trump’s claim that he is free to engage in election fraud — a crime — comports with his belief that presidents can commit crimes with impunity because of presidential immunity.

Trump’s immunity argument, still outrageously pending before the Supreme Court, asserts, “A denial of criminal immunity would incapacitate every future President with de facto blackmail and extortion while in office, and condemn him to years of post-office trauma at the hands of political opponents.”



It is apparently lost on MAGA and Trump’s legal team that, for nearly 250 years, no president before Trump ever disseminated national security documents, tried to extort the leader of a foreign government, or incited a violent insurrection on hallowed Capitol grounds. Trump is generously taking one for the team by looking out for presidents of the future.

Applying Trump’s putative immunity in the Georgia case — under the First Amendment or otherwise — a sitting president would have the right to strongarm state election officials, advance a fraudulent slate of electors, impersonate elected officials, “find” 11,780 non-existent votes, and change the outcome of an election.

After all, to Trump’s legal team, them’s just words.





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Donald Trump may be having success delaying his federal criminal trials, but state investigations into the fake elector scheme to overturn the election are advancing apace

Politico reports that Arizona's attorney general is close to announcing indictments. Kyle Cheney, senior legal affairs reporter for Politico, talks with Alex Wagner about his reporting on Reps. Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar receiving subpoenas.


Attorney General Kris Mayes again said her investigation of the Republican electors who falsely claimed Donald Trump won Arizona in 2020 would wrap up "very soon" as new details came to light about the broadening reach of the probe.

"As I've said all along, we are engaged in a very serious, very professional investigation into what happened with the fake electors," Mayes told reporters on Thursday following a news conference on a different topic. "I'm not ready to stand before you here today and announce anything, but we will have something for you on that front very soon."

The same day, news organization Politico reported that Mayes' investigation included two subpoenas to U.S. Reps. Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar, both Arizona Republicans. The subpoenas sought their testimony before a grand jury, and do not indicate Mayes might bring charges against them, according to Politico.

Mayes had previously said her investigation was focused on the 11 other Republicans who falsely certified after the 2020 election that Donald Trump had won. Democrat Joe Biden narrowly won the state. The subpoenas indicate a more broad look at efforts to overturn Trump's loss.

Both congressman were closely tied to the plan to create slates of alternate electors — so-called fake electors — to keep Trump in the White House over the will of voters.

Gosar was outlining his argument for challenging Arizona's election result when rioters overtook the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Biggs, in text messages to Trump aide Mark Meadows three days after the election, said in "states where there's been shenanigans" he should submit alternate electors for Trump and have Republican-led legislatures formally support him.

A spokesperson for Mayes declined to comment on the Politico report, as did a spokesperson for Gosar. A spokesperson for Biggs did not respond to an email request for comment.

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Special Counsel Jack Smith filed Monday his argument to the Supreme Court against Donald Trumps presidential immunity plea, court records show.







EXHAUSTED Smith delivered a 66-page condemnation of the former presidents' claim that his actions between the 2020 presidential election and U.S. Capitol riots on Jan. 6, 2021, are beyond the reach of prosecution in the special counsels' federal election interference case.


"Petitioner’s use of official power was merely an additional means of achieving a private aim—to perpetuate his term in office," Smith writes. "That is prosecutable based on private conduct."


The nation's highest court is slated to hear arguments on 25 April on whether Trump can face prosecution in Judge Tanya Chutkans' courtroom. That case has stalled as this argument worked its way through the appeals court system.




While Trump contends a president must enjoy absolute immunity to represent the nation as its commander in chief, Smith argues such power would undercut the fundamental structures of American democracy.

Trump has pleaded not guilty to the charges levied by Smith.

Former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance was among the first to spot the filing, and took particular interest in Smiths' plea, buried in the outline of his argument.

"This may be the most critical piece," Vance wrote. "Smith tells the Court, even if you think there might need to be some immunity for a president, it's not this case. Let this one go to trial."







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Smiths’ brief tells SCOTUS 'Don’t Sacrifice The American Experiment on The ALTAR of TRUMP’














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On Friday, TRUMP and House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana) gave a joint press conference at Mar-a-Lago to introduce an initiative aimed at preventing non-citizens from voting.

But one Fox News host slammed that policy proposal as a red herring.


Johnson joined Trump for the press conference in the wake of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) threatening to bring a motion to vacate to the floor of the House of Representatives in protest of Johnson's bipartisan efforts to keep the federal government open. Trump made it clear that Johnson had his support, despite Greene saying on Friday that the speaker was "full of sh--" during an interview with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

During the press conference, with Trump scowling behind him, Johnson promised to introduce legislation "to require that every single person who registers to vote in a federal election must prove that they're an American citizen first."

Of course, as Punchbowl News' John Bresnahan tweeted, US residents who lack citizenship "can’t vote in federal elections [and] haven’t been able to do so for decades." During a Friday segment on Fox News' The Five, panelist Richard Fowler echoed that sentiment, casting doubt on the need for a new law on the books to ban non-citizens from voting.

"This press conference was billed as an 'election integrity' press conference," Fowler said. "In 1996 congress passed the illegal immigration reform and immigration responsibility act. That act makes it explicitly illegal for noncitizens to vote."

"According to The Heritage Foundation's database on voter fraud, there’s been fewer than 50 cases of noncitizens voting in elections since 2002," he continued. "Not only has the Heritage Foundation said this, the Bipartisan Policy Center has said this, the Brennan Center for Justice has said this, the FBI has said this."

"Over and over and over again, people keep saying there's 'voter fraud,' and there's no evidence of voter fraud. There's no evidence of non-citizens voting in federal elections. " Fowler added. "And until they prove that, this press conference to me was null and void."

Under current law, any non-citizen that tries to vote in a federal election can be charged with a felony, fined heavily and potentially deported. And as Fowler explained, the Brennan Center for Justice debunked the phantom issue of non-citizen voting, breaking down what it would entail in a recent post to its website.


"Imagine you’re an undocumented person living in the United States," wrote the Brennan Center's Sean Morales-Doyle. "Would you risk everything — your freedom, your life in the United States, your ability to be near your family — just to cast a single ballot?"

"It’s a federal crime for noncitizens to vote in federal elections. It’s also a crime under every state’s laws," he added. "In fact, under federal law, you could face up to five years in prison simply for registering to vote."




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11 Arizona TRUMP FAKE Electors Indicted on State Charges Including Former GOP State Chair


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Indictments were announced on Wednesday by Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes stemming from the fake elector scandal that took place in Arizona.





Former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows and lawyer Rudy Giuliani are among those indicted in the Arizona election interference case.


The charges stem from an Arizona Republican electors meeting in Phoenix on Dec. 14, 2020 to sign a certificate saying they were "duly elected and qualified" electors and claimed Trump had carried the state.





The document was later sent to Congress and the National Archives, where it was ignored.

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...The judge in that case has a "silver lining" option that would still allow Special Counsel Jack Smith to present evidence to the American public, according to a former federal prosecutor.


Legal analyst Joyce Vance posted about Trump's Supreme Court hearing on his claim for presidential immunity on Thursday. Toward the end of that write-up, Vance provides an option for Judge Chutkan to continue despite indefinite delays.

"We don’t know for certain where Chief Justice Roberts is and how he will vote," the ex-prosecutor wrote after trying to read the SCOTUS tea leaves. "But if this comes to a decision that some conduct does get immunity and the trial judge must make those rulings, there is one possible silver lining. Judge Chutkan could hold an evidentiary hearing on remand to facilitate her decision."

Vance goes on to say exactly what such a hearing could bring.



"That would mean briefs and even live testimony where the government would get to lay out all of its evidence against Trump. It’s not a full trial followed by a jury verdict. But if this case isn’t going to trial, it would be one way of getting more information about Donald Trump’s conduct out for public consumption," she said.

"The House January 6 committee hearings gripped the nation. The Special Counsel, with access to the powers of an investigative grand jury and the possibility of more cooperating witnesses, especially from other charged cases, would have an even larger story to tell."

Federal prosecutor Andrew Weissmann also raised the potential silver lining option live when appearing on MSNBC late Thursday evening.






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Alabama Man Indicted For Threatening to Hurt Fulton County DA Fani Willis

-- The indictment accuses Arthur Ray Hanson II of Huntsville of leaving threatening voicemails for Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and Fulton County Sheriff

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A California man has been charged with sending death threats to Fani Willis, the Fulton county district attorney who is overseeing the Georgia prosecution against Donald Trump over his alleged efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election in the state.



The man, Marc Shultz, suggested that Willis “will be killed like a dog” in one of several comments he posted under two separate YouTube live streams, according to the US attorney’s office for the northern district of Georgia.

He was charged with transmitting interstate threats to injure Willis because of her prosecution of the former president, prosecutors said.

The precise circumstances surrounding Shultz’s threats were not immediately clear on Friday. But the canine remark, which came as Trump ramped up his attacks on prosecutors, closely echoed language Trump has used in the past to describe a killing.


“He died like a dog,” Trump said in televised remarks from the White House when describing the death of former Islamic State terrorist group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi following a US special forces operation in Syria.


The threats to Willis increased dramatically after the Fulton county district attorney’s office last year charged Trump and 18 co-defendants with conspiring to violate state racketeering laws as part of efforts to reverse the former president’s 2020 election defeat.

No trial date has been set for the Fulton county case, which has been in limbo for weeks after becoming sidetracked by Trump and his co-defendants, who unsuccessfully attempted to have Willis removed from the case after she had a romantic relationship with her deputy, Nathan Wade. Wade has since resigned from the case.

Trump has a long history of attacking prosecutors as well as judges and potential trial witnesses involved in the numerous criminal cases against him as part of a pugnacious campaign to publicly denigrate his legal woes as politically motivated.

Around the time that Shultz targeted Willis, Trump had for weeks complained that Willis, the first Black woman to hold her position, was racist and “out to get Trump”, in various posts on his Truth Social platform.

The continued attacks on trial participants reached a head in the federal criminal prosecution over his efforts to stop the transfer of power after the 2020 election, when the judge overseeing that case implemented a gag order limiting his abuse.







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Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes confirmed this week that Mark Meadows — who served as chief of staff in Trumps' White House — has been officially served on nine felony charges related to her office's ongoing fake electors investigation.





Legal news website Law & Crime reported Friday that the charges against Meadows have now been made public after it was previously reported that he and 17 others were the targets of a massive criminal probe.



Meadows' attorney, George Terwilliger, called the indictment a "blatantly political and politicized accusation," and said the charges "will be contested and defeated." The ex-president has not been indicted, but has been confirmed to be an unindicted co-conspirator according to investigators.

"In Arizona, and the United States, the people elected Joseph Biden as President on November 3, 2020,” the indictment read, stating that “defendants and unindicted coconspirators schemed to prevent the lawful transfer of the presidency” in order to reelect Trump “against the will of Arizona’s voters.”


"This scheme would have deprived Arizona voters of their right to vote and have their votes counted," the indictment continued.

According to the Washington Post, all defendants are charged under all counts mentioned in the indictment. Defendants are facing felony charges of conspiracy, fraudulent schemes and artifices (the most serious count) and fraudulent schemes and practices. Defendants have also been charged with felony forgery.

In addition to Meadows, other high-ranking Republicans were also hit with criminal charges.

Law & Crime reported that Arizona Republican Party chair Kelli Ward and her husband Michael were charged in the indictment, along with Arizona GOP activists Tyler Bowyer, Nancy Cottle, Jacob Hoffman, Anthony Kern, James Lamon, Robert Montgomery, Samuel Moorhead, Lorraine Pellegrino and Gregory Safsten.


Others looped into the investigation but who have not been formally charged include former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and the now disbarred former Trump attorney John Eastman — the author of the "Eastman Memo" that laid out the strategy for giving Electoral College votes to Trump on January 6, 2021. Former Trump attorney Jenna Ellis has also been named as a codefendant, though she has yet to be formally charged.

Arizona investigators are also expected to officially serve Trump campaign attorney Boris Epshteyn with felony charges, along with one-time Trump lawyer Christina Bobb. She has since joined the Republican National Committee's (RNC) "election integrity team," helping the RNC litigate 2024 election results in key battleground states, like Arizona. Prior to her work with Trump and the RNC, Bobb was an anchor at the far-right One America News Network.


The Grand Canyon State is merely the latest state to charge Trump allies and associates with felonies in relation to the fake elector plot. Investigators in Georgia and Michigan, for example, are also pursuing charges against Giuliani, Meadows, Eastman, Ellis and others for their alleged role in the scheme.

The plot involved Republican activists submitting fraudulent documents stating themselves as the true presidential electors from their respective states, after which they would use their role as electors to award their states' electoral votes to Trump, even though President Joe Biden won the 2020 election in those states.



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Wisconsin Republican Party Says Hackers Stole $2.3 Million From Fund to 'Help' TRUMPs' Re-election

Wisconsin GOP details aftermath of $2.3 million theft


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The Wisconsin Republican Party says hackers stole more than two million dollars from an account to help Trumps' re-election bid in the state.

The Republican Party of Wisconsin has vowed to not get fooled again — at least not like it did in October 2020, according to a letter the party committee sent the Federal Election Commission on Friday night.





After initially losing more than $2.3 million to hackers just days before Election Day 2020, the Republican Party of Wisconsin told the FEC that it's taken "concrete steps" to better defend against fraud after falling victim to one of the nation's largest cybertheft incidents that targeted a political committee.

The Republican Party of Wisconsin "has revised its internal controls and compliance procedures to better defend against modern cybersecurity threats such as hacking," the committee wrote the FEC in an unsigned letter sent in response to questions from federal regulators. "For example, the RPW’s Controller now calls the recipient of each wire transfer to confirm the wiring instructions immediately prior to each wire transfer.

The Controller also confirms with the recipient that they have received the funds. These concrete steps help safeguard against fraud due to altered or fraudulent invoices. In addition, the RPW requires staff to participate in cybersecurity training to keep them apprised of best practice and the latest phishing schemes."
In its letter to the FEC, the Republican Party of Wisconsin also offered new details about the incident itself: "In October of 2020, unknown individuals not affiliated with the RPW hacked the email accounts of RPW staff who had roles in the expense and payment approval process.

With access to RPW staff email accounts, the hackers were able to intercept legitimate invoices, change the payment information, and email the altered, fraudulent invoices to colleagues for payment.

Over the course of approximately one week (October 12-20, 2020), the hackers misappropriated a total of $2,348,963.05 from the RPW’s federal account."

The Republican Party of Wisconsin added: "The RPW completed an internal investigation and confirmed that no other fraudulent activity occurred beyond the transactions identified above. The FBI’s investigation also confirmed that outsiders perpetrated the hacking and fraud."


The hackers had stolen the money from an account the Republican Party of Wisconsin was using to help try to reelect President Donald Trump, with Milwaukee Journal Sentinel previously reported.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel further noted that the Republican Party of Wisconsin's then-chairman, Andrew Hitt, explained in late 2020 that "hackers manipulated invoices from four vendors who were being paid for direct mail for Trump’s reelection efforts as well as for pro-Trump material such as hats to be handed out to supporters. Invoices and other documents were altered so when the party paid them, the money went to the hackers instead of the vendors."

But that was long after the 2020 election, when Trump lost Wisconsin to now-President Joe Biden by less than one percentage point — fewer than 21,000 votes.


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The Biden Victory Fund returned the Bankman-Fried donation to the U.S. Marshals Service in January, Federal Election Commission records indicate.)





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Rudy Giuliani Indicted For Role in Arizona Fake-Elector Scheme

Ex-New York mayor last of 17 defendants to be served in plot to overturn Donald Trumps' election loss to Joe Biden in 2020


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Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani is the last of 17 defendants to be served an indictment in Arizona’s fake-elector case for his role in an attempt to overturn former president Donald Trump’s loss to Joe Biden in the 2020 election, the Arizona attorney general said.

Kris Mayes posted the news regarding the Trump-aligned lawyer on her X account late Friday.“The final defendant was served moments ago. @RudyGiuliani nobody is above the law,” Mayes wrote.




The attorney general’s spokesperson, Richie Taylor, said in an email to the Associated Press on Saturday that Giuliani faces the same charges as the other defendants, including conspiracy, fraud and forgery charges.

Earlier Friday evening, Giuliani had tweeted a taunting message alongside a photo of himself surrounded by smiling friends. “If Arizona authorities can’t find me by tomorrow morning,” he wrote in a now-deleted tweet, “1. They must dismiss the indictment; 2. They must concede they can’t count votes.”

Hours later, he was served notice of the indictment.

Giuliani’s political adviser, Ted Goodman, confirmed Giuliani was served Friday night after his 80th birthday celebration as he was walking to his car.

The indictment comes just days after Giuliani was suspended by WABC, a New York radio station for attempting to use his show to continue perpetuating the lie that Trump lost the 2020 election due to electoral fraud.

It also comes after Giuliani filed for bankruptcy in December 2023. The filing came after he was ordered to pay $148m in a defamation case brought against him by two Georgia poll workers whom he falsely accused of being involved in election subversion.

Earlier this month, Giuliani’s lawyers said in a court filing that “nobody seems interested” in helping the former New York mayor meet accounting obligations in his bankruptcy case.

“We look forward to full vindication soon,” Goodman said in a statement Saturday.

The indictment alleges that Giuliani “pressured” Arizona legislators and the Maricopa county board of supervisors to change the outcome of Arizona’s election and that he was responsible for encouraging Republican electors in Arizona and six other contested states to vote for Trump.

Taylor said an unredacted copy of the indictment will be released Monday. He added Giuliani is expected to appear in court in Phoenix Tuesday unless he is granted a delay by the court.

Mark Meadows, Trump’s former chief of staff, is among others who have been indicted in the case.

Neither Meadows nor Giuliani were named in the redacted grand jury indictment released earlier because they had not been served with it, but they were readily identifiable based on descriptions in the document. The Arizona attorney general’s office said Wednesday that Meadows had been served and confirmed that he was charged with the same counts as the other named defendants, including conspiracy, fraud and forgery charges.

With the indictments, Arizona becomes the fourth state where allies of the former president have been charged with using false or unproven claims about voter fraud related to the election.

Giuliani was also indicted last year by a grand jury in Georgia, where he is accused of spearheading Trump’s efforts to compel state lawmakers in Georgia to ignore the will of voters and illegally appoint pro-Trump electoral college electors.

Among the defendants in the Arizona case are 11 Arizona Republicans who submitted a document to Congress falsely declaring that Trump won in Arizona in the 2020 presidential election — including a former state GOP chair, a 2022 US Senate candidate and two sitting state lawmakers.

The other defendants are Mike Roman, who was Trump’s director of election day operations, and four attorneys accused of organizing an attempt to use fake documents to persuade Congress not to certify Biden’s victory: John Eastman, Christina Bobb, Boris Epshteyn and Jenna Ellis.


Trump himself was not charged but was referred to as an unindicted co-conspirator.


The 11 people who had been nominated to be Arizona’s Republican electors met in Phoenix on 14 December 2020 to sign a certificate saying they were “duly elected and qualified” electors and claiming that Trump carried the state. A one-minute video of the signing ceremony was posted on social media by the Arizona Republican party at the time. The document was later sent to Congress and the National Archives, where it was ignored.

Biden won Arizona by more than 10,000 votes.

Eastman, who devised a strategy to try to persuade Congress not to certify the election, became the first person charged in Arizona’s fake-elector case to be arraigned on Friday. He pleaded not guilty to conspiracy, fraud and forgery charges.

Eastman made a brief statement outside the courthouse, saying the charges against him should never have been filed.

“I had zero communications with the electors in Arizona [and] zero involvement in any of the election litigation in Arizona or legislative hearings. And I am confident that with the laws faithfully applied, I will be fully exonerated at the end of this process,” Eastman said. He declined to make further comment.

Arraignments are scheduled 21 May for 12 other people charged in the case, including nine of the 11 Republicans who had submitted a document to Congress falsely declaring Trump had won Arizona.



The Arizona indictment said Eastman encouraged the GOP electors to cast their votes in December 2020, unsuccessfully pressured state lawmakers to change the election’s outcome in Arizona and told then vice-president Mike Pence that he could reject Democratic electors in the counting of electoral votes in Congress on 6 January 2021.






Who Was Indicted in The Arizona Fake Electors Case? 18 People Face Charges


In April 2024, a grand jury in Maricopa County indicted 11 Arizona Republicans and seven top aides to Donald Trump on felony charges stemming from a plan to keep him in the White House by falsely certifying he won the state in 2020. In reality, voters in the Grand Canyon State narrowly favored Joe Biden.

The indictment alleges the defendants engaged in a conspiracy to prevent "the lawful transfer of the presidency of the United States, keeping President Donald J. Trump in office against the will of Arizona voters, and depriving Arizona voters of their right to vote and have their votes counted."

The defendants in the case, which was brought by Attorney General Kris Mayes' office, face multiple felony counts, including conspiracy, forgery and fraud. If convicted, the crimes could carry prison time, though state law allows for less severe penalties, including probation, depending on a defendant's circumstances, like past criminal history.



Who Are The Indicted Fake Electors in Arizona?

The 11 fake electors are each charged with nine criminal counts, including conspiracy, fraudulent schemes and artifices, fraudulent schemes and practices, and six counts of forgery. The indicted fake electors are:


Tyler Bowyer, an executive with Turning Point USA and Republican National Committee member
Nancy Cottle, chair of the Arizona Trump electors
State Sen. Jake Hoffman, R-Queen Creek
State Sen. Anthony Kern, R-Glendale
Jim Lamon, former U.S. Senate candidate
Robert Montgomery, former chair of the Cochise County Republican Committee
Samuel Moorhead, former leader of the Gila County Republican Party
Loraine Pellegrino, secretary of the Arizona Trump electors
Greg Safsten, former executive director of the Arizona Republican Party
Kelli Ward, former chair of the Arizona Republican Party
Michael Ward, Kelli Ward's husband and GOP activist




Who Are The Trump Aides Indicted in Arizona?

In addition to the 11 fake electors, seven Trump allies and lawyers have been indicted on charges that they aided the effort to circumvent the result of the Arizona election. Several face prosecution in other states in similar cases.

The Trump allies indicted in Arizona are:

Christina Bobb, attorney for the Trump campaign
John Eastman, attorney for Trump who was an architect of the plan to change the outcome of the election in six contested states
Jenna Ellis, attorney for the Trump campaign who encouraged the Arizona Legislature to change the outcome of the election
Boris Epshteyn, attorney and adviser to the 2016 and 2020 Trump campaign
Rudy Giuliani, attorney for Trump and former mayor of New York City
Mark Meadows, Trump's chief of staff in 2020
Michael Roman, director of "election day operations" for Trump's campaign, according to the indictment






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Fani Willis BLASTS Clown' Jim Jordan and MAGA Followers For Trying to Interfere in Trump Case

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Fani Willis condemns ‘illegitimate’ investigations into her led by ‘clown’ Jim Jordan: ‘Disgusting’


Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis talks with Rachel Maddow about Georgia state Republican politicians following the lead of Rep. Jim Jordan to abuse their political positions to try to interfere in the criminal prosecution of Donald Trump by attacking her and her office.


Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis slammed Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for his investigation into her office, accusing him of prioritizing attacks on her instead of delivering for his constituents

“Jim Jordan has time after time after time attacked my office with no legitimate purpose.


Anyone who knows Jim Jordan’s history knows that he only has the purpose of trying to interfere in a criminal investigation,” Willis claimed.


Part of the probe includes investigating a report that Willis’s office “unlawfully ‘planned to use part of a $488,000 federal grant — earmarked for the creation of a Center of Youth Empowerment and Gang Prevention’ — to cover frivolous, unrelated expenses,” according to a subpoena. Willis has said she “invite[s] him” to investigate the grants and that her office has complied with the subpoenas.

She also dissed Jordan’s district, which encompasses a rural central part of Ohio and some parts outside of Columbus, highlighting its crime issues. Columbus has one of the highest crime rates among cities in the U.S.

“He continues his attacks to try to interfere in a criminal investigation. All while his jurisdiction has one of the worst crime rates, has poverty issues, and not one time has he used his position to try to investigate people who are attacking me and others who are attacking others legitimately doing their job, making him illegitimate in his position. And it’s disgusting,” Willis said.

She said those within Georgia are following Jordan’s lead by trying to “attack” her.


“Now, at the state level, they’ve decided to follow this clown’s lead. And they want to now try to interfere in an investigation and it’s not legitimate either and so it shall fail and it’s not going to go anywhere,” Willis said. “But they are trying to attack me at every level.”

“Having prosecutors that are free from interference and are allowed to look at cases, look at the facts, and if people broke the law to bring charges, has to go on for us to live in a free society” Willis said.
Still, she said as a result of all the investigations and “attacks,” she comes out stronger...

“The sad part, though, for all of them is it doesn’t matter how many times they attack me, I am not going to be broken,” Willis said.




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Rudy Giuliani Pleads NOT Guilty to Charges in Arizona Fake Electors Case

Former New York mayor one of 12 defendants charged with illegally trying to keep Trump in power after 2020 election defeat

The Guardian 22 MAY 2024






Rudy Giuliani; the Republican National Committee senior counsel for “election integrity” Christina Bobb; and nine Arizonans who served as fake Trump electors in 2020 pleaded not guilty to criminal charges on Tuesday.

Eighteen Trump allies were charged; Trump himself is listed as “unindicted co-conspirator 1” in the case.


Giuliani, who’d spent weeks ducking getting served his subpoena, was the only one of the group ordered to post bond ahead of his next appearance; he’ll have to pony up $10,000 as assurance that he’ll show up for booking within the next 30 days.

Other defendants are expected to be arraigned next month, including Trump attorney and adviser Boris Epshsteyn, who has been at his boss’s side for much of Trump’s New York trial including on Tuesday, and former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

Others charged over their roles as false electors include two sitting lawmakers, state senators Jake Hoffman and Anthony Kern. The former Arizona Republican party chair Kelli Ward and her husband, Michael Ward, have been charged, as has Tyler Bowyer, a Republican national committeeman, and Turning Point USA executive, and Jim Lamon, who ran for US Senate in 2022.

The others charged in the fake electors scheme are Nancy Cottle, Robert Montgomery, Samuel Moorhead, Lorraine Pellegrino and Gregory Safsten.

Further defendants are expected to be arraigned next month, including Boris Epshteyn, a lawyer for Trump, and Mark Meadows, a former White House chief of staff.

Trump himself is listed as “un-indicted co-conspirator 1” in the case but has not been charged


Before receiving the indictment, Giuliani, the former New York mayor and the legal spearhead of Trump’s lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, had taunted the Arizona officials by posting a picture of himself on X challenging them to drop the case.

“If Arizona authorities can’t find me by tomorrow morning: 1. They must dismiss the indictment; 2. They must concede they can’t count votes,” he captioned the post, which has since been deleted.

After being served his indictment, Giuliani posted on Facebook that he did not know that Arizona officials were looking for him until “somebody told me there was a news article saying they were having a hard time finding me”.

The indictment alleged that Giuliani “pressured” Arizona legislators and the Maricopa county board of supervisors to change the election result in the state, which Joe Biden won by more than 10,000 votes.

He is also accused of urging Republican electors in Arizona to vote for Trump, in the face of the popular vote counts showing a victory for Biden.

According to the testimony of Rusty Bowers, a former speaker of the Arizona house of representatives, Giuliani, in his efforts to persuade the state legislature to overturn the 2020 vote, told him and legislators that “we don’t have the evidence but we have lots of theories”.


The case is the latest in a spate of legal woes to beset Giuliani – a former federal prosecutor once renowned for fighting mafia organised crime bosses – over his attempts to help Trump overturn the 2020 poll.

He has filed for bankruptcy after being ordered to pay $148m in damages to two election workers in Georgia after they successfully sued for defamation.







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Movies 2020 Election FRAUD -MORE TRUMP Attorneys Hit With Fake Elector Charges

BREAKING: TRUMP Attorneys Hit With BOMBSHELL Charges

From Bad to Worse: Ex-Trump Attorney Kenneth Chesebro Hit With New Charge -Fake Elector Indictments in Wisconsin


Chesebro joins James Troupis and Michael Roman in the indictment released Tuesday.

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Kenneth Chesebro, the architect of the fake elector's plot deployed by Donald Trump's campaign in an effort to overturn the 2020 election, has been indicted by the state of Wisconsin.

Chesebro joins James Troupis and Michael Roman in the indictment released Tuesday.




The indictment states that each is being charged with one count of forgery, which is a felony, according to Lawfare reporter Anna Bower and Politico's Kyle Cheney.

Troupis is a Wisconsin attorney who took the Chesebro plot and escalated it to the highest levels of the Trump campaign, WPR reported in March.

"In an email to Troupis [Nov. 8, 2020], Chesebro said that if 'various systematic abuses' of Wisconsin election laws could be proven in court, 'I don’t see why electoral votes certified by (Gov. Tony) Evers … should be counted over an alternative slate sent in by the legislature,'" the report states.


Roman is a former Trump campaign official who is also linked in the Georgia racketeering case involving efforts to overturn the election result in that state.


Chesebro was also indicted along with a group of Trump allies in Georgia.







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Court Pauses TRUMPs' Georgia Election Case as It Mulls Disqualifying Prosecutor

Appeals court halts case while it considers whether to remove Fani Willis, the Fulton county district attorney says


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The Georgia court of appeals has put a hold on the trial of Donald Trump and other defendants while it considers whether to disqualify the Fulton county district attorney, Fani Willis, the lead prosecutor in the case.


Trump had appealed an order by the Fulton county superior court judge Scott McAfee that declined to disqualify Willis after bombshell revelations about a romantic relationship with her chosen special prosecutor. As part of their effort to dismiss the case, Trump and his co-defendants alleged Willis’s relationship meant she should be recused from the case.

On Monday, the appeals court selected a three-judge panel to hear the appeal and docketed the case to be heard in October. Then on Wednesday, the court paused the case while this argument plays out.

The order staying the case in Fulton county essentially ensures that the former president will not be tried on charges of election interference and racketeering in Georgia before the November election.

“The history books will look back on what the country lost by not having a televised trial before November 2024 and historians will wonder what Fani Wills was thinking. And they’ll just scratch their heads,” said Anthony Michael Kreis, a constitutional law professor in Georgia and a close observer of the case.

“I don’t know how much Judge McAfee could have done between now and the appeal’s pendency anyway. But the real loss is McAfee’s ability to deal with the question of presidential immunity and the supremacy clause over the summer.”





Trump was charged alongside more than a dozen associates last year with racketeering over his efforts to overturn the 2020 election result in the state, after Georgia voted for Joe Biden to become US president.

Wills won her Democratic primary bid for re-election with nearly 90% of the vote last month.

Nine of the initial 19 defendants, including Trump, remain in the case and have appealed the lower-court decision allowing the case to continue.

Trump faces charges of violating Georgias' Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act – Rico – stemming from his work with lawyers, political organizers and other aides in an alleged “criminal enterprise” to retain power after losing the 2020 election to Biden.

The charges stem in part from the “perfect phone call” Trump made to Georgia
s' secretary of state, Brian Raffensperger, asking him to “find 11,780 votes” and flip Georgias' election, as well as an alleged scheme to submit an alternate slate of Republican electors to Congress in order to provide the then vice-president, Mike Pence, a rationale to reject the electoral count and send the election to the House to decide.





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‘They Could Have Killed Me’: Spycraft, Ballots and a Trumped-Up Plot Gone Haywire

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Michael Flynn (center) leaves a rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., with Geoffrey Flohr


A black SUV arrived at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to collect Sabrina Keliikoa, a QAnon adherent and supervisor at the facility’s FedEx air freight terminal.


Keliikoa was scared out of her wits. She did not want to go.


But late on this Friday night in early December 2020, Keliikoa felt as if she had no choice: A retired Michigan State Police officer nicknamed “Yoda” had just warned that her life was in danger.

Keliikoa called in another employee to finish her shift. She entered the vehicle driven by a Marine Corps veteran who had provided security for American diplomats in Iraq. They arrived at a hotel where the driver checked her in. There, Keliikoa stayed for the next two days. A rotating set of “guards” occupied the adjacent room in shifts.


What Was Happening Here?


As Keliikoa would later testify in legal deposition, a video of which Raw Story recently reviewed, a man entered her hotel room and asked her to write an affidavit about election ballots she’d seen — and considered suspicious — at the FedEx facility shortly after the 2020 election.


The man was part of a secretive team of Donald Trump supporters, operating without legal authority but under the leadership of former Trump national security adviser and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, that aimed to obtain information they believed could be used in lawsuits to change the outcome of the election in Trump’s favor.


More generally, they hoped to undermine public confidence that Joe Biden had won the 2020 election.

Keliikoa described the experience as being “detained” and complained she became a “pawn” of people determined to use her.

“So, I got a phone call that said somebody is coming in from another state with illegal ballots, and they were going to be looking for me, and they were going to try to kill me,” Keliikoa testified.

“And I started crying because this turned into the biggest s---show when it shouldn’t have been.”

The escapade showcases the absurd lengths Flynn and his team went to concoct evidence that Trump had the 2020 presidential election “stolen” from him.

These and other baseless allegations of election fraud would instill fury in Trump’s supporters, who by the thousands attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, while attempting to prevent Congress from certifying the election.

These new revelations about Keliikoa’s ordeal also come at a time when Trump, who is expected to again be the Republican nominee for president, relentlessly claims that the multiple criminal prosecutions against him constitute an effort “to rig the presidential election of 2024.”

And if history is a guide, high-profile Trump surrogates can again be expected to again chase phantom evidence and spin wild tales in service of Trump’s I-can’t-lose approach to campaigning.




‘A Plane FULL of Ballots’

Until now, Keliikoa — the woman who held the information so feverishly sought by Trump’s supporters following the 2020 election — was known only as “the Seattle whistleblower.”

Keliikoa’s deposition, taken in March, fills in details about the “stop the steal” escapade and are being reported for the first time by Raw Story.

The seeds of Keliikoa's ordeal began germinating in November 2020. An array of high-profile Trump supporters had initiated a frenzied effort to collect affidavits that they hoped would bolster claims of election fraud, which pro-Trump attorney Sidney Powell detailed in a series of lawsuits.

The goal: overturn the presidential election results in tightly contested states such as Arizona, Georgia and Michigan, and more generally, to undermine confidence in the election.

With his charisma and the respect he commanded as a retired lieutenant general, Michael Flynn, who had briefly served as Trump's national security advisor, quickly emerged as a de facto leader among the group of “stop the steal” operatives surrounding Powell.

The 2020 election was “the greatest fraud that our country has ever experienced in our history,” Flynn told far-right broadcaster Brannon Howse during an interview aired on Nov. 28, 2020. “I’m right in the middle of it right now, and I will tell you that, first of all, the president has clear paths to victory.”






Flynn had reason to feel emboldened. Three days earlier, then-President Trump granted Flynn a full pardon, wiping away his guilty plea to charges of lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.




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TRUMP legal advisers Jenna Ellis and Boris Epshteyn plead not guilty in Arizona 'fake electors' case
All 18 defendants in the state case have pleaded not guilty to forgery, fraud and conspiracy charges.


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PHOENIX — Jenna Ellis, an attorney for Donald Trump during his 2020 presidential campaign, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in the “fake electors” case in Arizona, where she and 17 other defendants face forgery, fraud and conspiracy charges related to alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.

All 18 of those charged have pleaded not guilty in Arizona. Ellis in 2023 pleaded guilty in the Georgia election interference case in which Trump was also charged.



Trump adviser Boris Epshteyn and Jim Lamon, a 2022 Republican Senate candidate, also appeared virtually in court Tuesday for their arraignments in the case, pleading not guilty.

Epshteyn was an attorney and adviser to the 2016 and 2020 Trump campaigns and recently appeared with Trump in court in New York during the former president’s hush money trial. Lamon was on Trump’s slate of potential electors leading into the 2020 election.





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Movies 2020 Election-Judge Dismisses Fake Electors Charges Against TRUMP Pals in Nevada

Judge Dismisses Fake Electors Charges Against TRUMP Allies in Nevada

Six Republicans accused of submitting certificates to Congress falsely declaring Trump the winner in 2020

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A Nevada state court judge dismissed a criminal indictment on Friday against six Republicans accused of submitting certificates to Congress falsely declaring Donald Trump the winner of the state’s 2020 presidential election, potentially killing the case with a ruling that state prosecutors chose the wrong venue to file the case.

Nevada’s attorney general, Aaron Ford, stood in a Las Vegas courtroom a moment after the Clark county district court judge Mary Kay Holthus delivered her ruling, declaring that he would take the case directly to the state supreme court.




“The judge got it wrong and we’ll be appealing immediately,” Ford told reporters afterwards. He declined any additional comment.



Defense attorneys bluntly declared the case dead, saying that to bring the case now to another grand jury in another venue such as Nevada’s capital, Carson City, would violate a three-year statute of limitations on filing charges that expired in December.

“They’re done,” said Margaret McLetchie, attorney for the Clark county Republican party chairman, Jesse Law, one of the defendants in the case.

The judge called off the trial, which had been scheduled for next January, for defendants that included the state GOP chairman, Michael McDonald; national party committee member Jim DeGraffenreid; national and Douglas county committee member Shawn Meehan; and Eileen Rice, a party member from the Lake Tahoe area.

Each was charged with offering a false instrument for filing and uttering a forged instrument, felonies that carry penalties of up to four or five years in prison.
Defense attorneys contended that Ford improperly brought the case in Las Vegas instead of Carson City or Reno, northern Nevada cities closer to where the alleged crime occurred.

They also accused prosecutors of failing to present to the grand jury evidence that would have exonerated their clients, and said their clients had no intent to commit a crime.

All but Meehan have been named by the state party as Nevada delegates to the 2024 Republican national convention next month in Milwaukee.

Meehan’s defense attorney, Sigal Chattah, said her client “chose not to” seek the position. Chattah ran as a Republican in 2022 for state attorney general and lost to Ford, a Democrat, by just under 8% of the vote.

After the court hearing, Hindle’s attorney, Brian Hardy, declined to comment on calls that his client has faced from advocacy groups that say he should resign from his elected position as overseer of elections in northern Nevada’s Story county, a jurisdiction with a few more than 4,100 residents. Those calls included ones at a news conference on Friday outside the courthouse by leaders of three organizations.

Nevada is one of seven presidential battleground states where slates of fake electors falsely certified that Trump had won in 2020, not Democrat Joe Biden.

Others are Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.




Criminal charges have been brought in Michigan, Georgia and Arizona.

Trump lost Nevada in 2020 by more than 30,000 votes to Biden and the state’s Democratic electors certified the results in the presence of Nevada’s secretary of state, Barbara Cegavske, a Republican.


Her defense of the results as reliable and accurate led the state GOP to censure her, but Cegavske later conducted an investigation that found no credible evidence of widespread voter fraud in the state.




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TRUMP Co-Defendants’ Attorney Sues Fani Willis, DA’s Office

Judge gives Trump RICO case co-defendant another opportunity to sue Fani Willis in her official capacity for allegedly violating Georgia open records laws

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A Tuesday morning hearing related to the Georgia election interference and racketeering (RICO) case against Donald Trump and others ended with a judge giving the defendants another chance to further frustrate the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.


In a lawsuit filed earlier this year, attorney Ashleigh Merchant accused the office of violating the Georgia Open Records Act by failing to provide documents related to the employment of Nathan Wade.

Wade is the former special assistant district attorney who was infamously forced to resign from the high-profile RICO prosecution due to his onetime romantic relationship with DA Fani Willis. Precipitating that resignation was a demand from the judge overseeing the case: either Wade or Willis had to go.

In response to the lawsuit — which is essentially a sideline skirmish in the now much broader effort to have the indictment dismissed and/or Willis removed at the appellate court level — the DA’s office says the wrong party was sued. And, they argue, in any event the relevant, requested records have already been supplied or don’t exist.

The heart of the dispute is that the lawsuit, filed on behalf of former Trump 2020 staffer Michael Roman, originally named the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office as the organizational defendant that allegedly violated the open records law. Later, the plaintiffs sought to add Fulton County itself as a named defendant as well.

In their motion to dismiss, the DA’s office said the plaintiffs sued the wrong entity. In a separate motion to dismiss, the county writ large said they could not be added to the lawsuit because they are not the custodian of records for the DA’s office.

In sum, Fulton County put up a combined front that would ultimately leave the plaintiffs high and dry when seeking to enforce the Peach State’s open records law against the elected district attorney.

While seemingly circular, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Rachel noted the technical distinction undergirding that line of thought.

“The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office is not a formal entity,” the court observed. “It’s not a municipal body. It’s not an incorporated entity. It’s just a name that we’ve given — I mean. If you were to sue a lot of the entities that are subject to the Open Records Act for some other violation, it would be: you’d be suing the sheriff, or the DA, or the governor.”

John Merchant, arguing on behalf of his and his wife’s eponymous law firm, appeared receptive to how the court phrased the issue.

“We certainly can amend the complaint to add the district attorney individually and in her official capacity,” he said. “If that solves the issue, then we’re happy to do that. If this really is just a nomenclature issue and we just have the wrong party name, we can save everybody a lot of time.”

More Law&Crime coverage: ‘DA Willis disqualified herself’: Trump opening brief says appeals court must remove ‘unethical’ Fulton County prosecutor from RICO case and dismiss indictment entirely

Merchant went on to say that Willis was not originally named in the complaint because the plaintiff did not have any reason to believe that the DA herself would respond to open records requests or even have any input in responding to such requests.

Later, however, Sandy Monroe, representing the DA’s office, decided to push the government’s threadbare advantage a bit further.

She said the DA’s office never viewed the lawsuit as proper, but, rather as “the abuse of litigation” intended to “pursue the harassment” of the DA’s office and “to further fish through business records.”

On another occasion, the government attorney appeared to suggest the open records law might not apply to a sitting district attorney at all — but stressed that such offices have a “civic duty” to “make sure that there is a public transparency as to how they are operating.”

In the end, Krause more or less split the difference.

The court declined to deny or grant the government’s motions to dismiss. Instead, she gave the plaintiffs 20 days to add another party to be named as the appropriate defendant in the case.


Following that, Fulton County, the DA’s office, and/or the DA herself would have another 20 days to file a follow-up motion. Then, the plaintiffs would have another 20 days to respond.
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Movies 2020 Election- Giuliani Officially Disbarred For Trump Election Interference

Rudy Giuliani Officially Disbarred in New York For Trump Election Interference Efforts

Giuliani lost his law license — but not his honorary degrees from five universities


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The New York state Supreme Court on Tuesday disbarred former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani over his part in Donald Trump’s election interference efforts in 2020.


The long-expected disbarment of Trump’s most high-profile lawyer, which is effective immediately, is a major blow to the former public official at a time he faces fallout for spreading lies about the 2020 election. In addition to losing his law license – which is likely to be recognized across the country – Giuliani is in bankruptcy after landing $150 million in debt for defaming two election workers, and faces several other lawsuits against him as well as criminal charges.

“The seriousness of (Giuliani’s) misconduct cannot be overstated,” the court wrote. “(Giuliani) flagrantly misused his prominent position as the personal attorney for former President Trump and his campaign, through which (he) repeatedly and intentionally made false statements, some of which were perjurious, to the federal court, state lawmakers, the public, the (Attorney Grievance Committee), and this Court concerning the 2020 Presidential election, in which he baselessly attacked and undermined the integrity of this country’s electoral process.”

Giuliani, the court said, “not only deliberately violated some of the most fundamental tenets of the legal profession, but he also actively contributed to the national strife that has followed the 2020 Presidential election, for which he is entirely unrepentant.”

Giuliani previously was suspended from being able to practice law while the New York court considered attorney discipline proceedings against him. In its ruling, the court cited the former Trump attorney’s efforts to overturn the election results in several 2020 battleground states.

On X, Giuliani said he was “not surprised” by the ruling and blasted what he said was a corrupt system. A spokesman for Giuliani also condemned the disbarment, which had gone through several proceedings before the court’s final decision on Tuesday.

“Members of the legal community who respect the rule of law in this country should immediately come forward and speak out against this politically and ideologically corrupted decision. We will be appealing this objectively flawed decision in hopes that the appellate process will restore integrity into our system of justice,” spokesman Ted Goodman said in a statement.





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Movies 2020 FRAUD-TRUMP Plans to BLOCK Hearings-Jack Smith Takes Case to Supreme Court

TRUMP Plans to BLOCK Hearings in January 6 Case Before 2024 Election

Special Counsel Jack Smith Calls Trumps' Bluff, Takes Jan. 6 Case to Supreme Court


Ex-president prepares to shut down possibility of high-profile officials testifying at evidentiary hearings

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Donald Trump is expected to launch a new legal battle to suppress any damaging evidence from his 2020 election-subversion case from becoming public before the 2024 election, preparing to shut down the potency of any “mini-trials” where high-profile officials could testify against him.



The plans come after the US supreme court last week in its ruling that broadly conferred immunity on former presidents opened the door for the US district judge Tanya Chutkan to hold evidentiary hearings – potentially with witnesses – to determine what acts in the indictment can survive.

In the coming months, Trump’s lawyers are expected to argue that the judge can decide whether the conduct is immune based on legal arguments alone, negating the need for witnesses or multiple evidentiary hearings, people familiar with the deliberations said.






If prosecutors with the special counsel Jack Smith press for witnesses such as former vice-president Mike Pence or White House officials to testify, Trump’s lawyers are expected to launch a flurry of executive privilege and other measures to block their appearances, the people said.





The plans, which have not been previously reported, are aimed at having the triple effect of burying damaging testimony, making it harder for prosecutors to overcome the presumptive immunity for official acts, and injecting new delay into the case through protracted legal fights.

Trump has already been enormously successful in delaying his criminal cases, including by succeeding in having the supreme court from taking the immunity appeal in the 2020 election subversion case in Washington, which was frozen while the court considered the matter.

The delay strategy thus far has been aimed at pushing the cases until after the November election, in the hope that Trump would be re-elected and then appoint as attorney general a loyalist who would drop the charges.

But now, even if Trump loses, his lawyers have coalesced on a legal strategy that could take months to resolve depending on how prosecutors choose to approach evidentiary hearings, adding to additional months of anticipated appeals over what Chutkan determines are official acts.

A Trump spokesperson declined to comment on the legal strategy but claimed in a statement: “The entire January 6th case has always been just a desperate, un-constitutional attempt by the Biden Crime Family and their weaponized Department of Justice to interfere with the 2024 Presidential Election. The only thing imploding faster than the Biden campaign is Deranged Jack Smith’s partisan hoaxes.”

Trump’s lawyers are not expected to make any moves until the start of August, the people said, when the case is finally returned to the jurisdiction of Chutkan after the conclusion of the supreme court’s 25-day waiting period and a further week for the judgement to formally be sent down.

Once Chutkan regains control of the case, lawyers for Trump and for the special counsel have suggested privately that they think she will quickly rule on a number of motions that were briefed before the case was frozen when Trump filed his immunity appeal with the supreme court.


That could include Trump’s pending motion to compel more discovery materials from prosecutors. If Chutkan grants the motion, Trump’s lawyers would insist on time to review the new materials before they started sorting through what acts in the indictment were immune, the people said.

In the supreme court’s ruling on immunity, the justices laid out three categories for protection: core presidential functions that carry absolute immunity, official acts of the presidency that carry presumptive immunity, and unofficial acts that carry no immunity.

Trump’s lawyers are expected to argue the maximalist position that they considered all of the charged conduct was Trump acting in his official capacity as president and therefore presumptively immune – and incumbent on prosecutors to prove otherwise, the people said.

And Trump’s lawyers are expected to suggest that even though the supreme court contemplated evidentiary hearings to sort through the conduct, they are not necessary, and any disputes can be resolved purely on legal arguments, the people said.

In doing so, Trump will try to foreclose witness testimony that could be politically damaging because it would cause evidence about his efforts to subvert the 2020 election that has polled poorly to be suppressed, and legally damaging because it could cause Chutkan to rule against Trump.

Trump’s lawyers have privately suggested they expect at least some evidentiary hearings to take place, but they are also intent on challenging testimony from people like former vice president Mike Pence and other high-profile White House officials.

For instance, if prosecutors try to call Pence or his chief of staff Marc Short to testify about meetings where Trump discussed stopping the January 6 certification, Trump would try to block that testimony by asserting executive privilege, and having Pence assert the speech or debate clause protection.


Trump’s lawyers would argue to Chutkan that any privilege rulings during the investigation that forced them to testify to the grand jury were not binding and the factual record needed to be decided afresh.


Meanwhile, witnesses such as former Trump lawyer John Eastman or former Trump campaign official Mike Roman would almost certainly be precluded from testifying because they have valid fifth amendment concerns of self-incrimination, as they have been separately charged with conspiring to overturn the 2020 election results in Fulton county, Georgia.





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