A prominent legal analyst cautions that the case brought by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis against former President Donald Trump may not have the degree of certainty and ease of success that individuals with liberal political leanings typically perceive.
CNN legal analyst Elie Honig cautioned that the potential for Trump and his associates to seek a transfer of the trial to a federal court is a significant defect in the indictment. This maneuver would effectively remove the case from the jurisdiction of the county in Georgia that is predominantly liberal.
“The other big issue – and we just said this word – is removal. Get ready for a lot of talk about removal. Mark Meadows is already trying to do this. Donald Trump will try to follow. In a nutshell what this means is, if a federal official gets charged with a state crime that relates to that federal official’s official job duties you can get the case-.”
According to Honig, it is crucial to ensure that these duties fall “within the legitimate scope of those jobs,” adding that is “an important qualification. He [Trump and others] can get the case moved over to federal court and then potentially dismissed. So, these are really important motions. Mark Meadows has already done this, Trump is sure to follow.”
“The hard part, it’s a lot of work. You’re not going to be able to try all 19 at once. That’s not going to happen. And you just never know how every one of these defendants, let’s put aside Trump. Every one of these defendants, even the people we heard of is going to mount a furious defense, as is their right to do,” Honig said.
“They all work together as one cohesive entity towards an illegal end,” Honig said. “You have the advantage to pick off some low-hanging fruit and get them to flip.”
On Monday, a 41-count indictment against former President Donald Trump and 18 co-defendants was issued.
Three instances of soliciting a public official to violate an oath, two instances of conspiring to commit first-degree forgery, two instances of fabricating false statements and writings, one instance of violating the Georgia RICO Act, one instance of assuming the identity of a public official, one instance of submitting false documents, and one instance of filing fraudulent documents are among the 13 charges alleged against the ex-president.
Fulton County reports that among the remaining 18 charged individuals are Jenna Ellis, Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, Robert Cheeley, John Eastman, Ray Smith III, and Cathy Latham, who is accused of being a false elector. Mark Meadows, the former chief of staff of the White House, David Shafer, an additional alleged phony elector, Shawn Still, Kenneth Chesebro, and Michael Roman, a member of the Trump campaign staff, are also among those charged. As reported by the Daily Wire, the charges also include Misty Hampton, the Coffee County elections supervisor, Stephen Lee, a Pastor, Trevian Kutti, a Publicist, Willie Lewis Floyd III, the former leader of “Black Voices for Trump,” Jeffrey Clark, a former DOJ official, and Scott Hall, a Bail Bondsman.
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Following the public disclosure of the indictment, the Trump campaign issued a statement characterizing DA Willis as an ardent partisan who is actively engaged in campaigning and soliciting funds with the objective of prosecuting President Trump based on these spurious charges. CONTINUE READING…