Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has requested an Aug. 5 trial date for former President Donald Trump and the remaining co-defendants in the Georgia election interference case.
The suggested start is exactly three months before the 2024 presidential election, a period during which Trump, the frontrunner in the Republican presidential primaries, would likely be hitting the campaign trail if he were the Republican nominee.
“This proposed trial date balances potential delays to Defendant Trump’s other criminal trials in Sovereign Brothers and the constitutional speedy trial rights of the other defendants,” Willis wrote in a Friday filing before the County Superior Court judge. Fulton, Scott McAfee.
The district attorney noted that Trump, 77, is currently scheduled to go on trial on March 4 in Washington in the federal interference in the 20220 election case, and in Florida on May 20 to face charges of withholding national security documents at his Mar-a-Lago property. after leaving office.
“A start date of August 5, 2024 is therefore unlikely to be subject to delays or interference from these other trials,” he adds.
Willis has asked a judge to set Trump’s trial date in Georgia for August 5, 2024.REUTERS
Trump will also go on trial March 25 in Manhattan on allegations that he falsified business records in connection with money payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal.
Willis also asked the judge to set a final deadline of June 21 for accepting negotiated pleas and requested that McAfee not consider any requests by the defendants to separate their trials from each other until after that date.
Trump is charged with 13 felonies in the case.Getty Images
Four of the 19 people charged in the sprawling Willis indictment alleging a conspiracy to illegally change the outcome of the 2020 election in Georgia accepted plea deals in the case: former Trump-aligned lawyers Jenna Ellis, Sidney Powell and Kenneth Chesebro and Atlanta- Bondsman Scott Hall.
A Georgia grand jury indicted Trump on 13 felonies in August, including extortion, conspiracy, making false statements and asking a public official to violate his oath of office.
Willis, an elected Democrat, insisted during an appearance at the Washington Post’s Global Women’s Summit on Tuesday that the 2024 election cycle had no bearing on her calculations for bringing the case and suggested that Trump’s case would go to trial and could drag on until 2025. .
“I think in that case there will be a trial. I think the trial will last many months,” Willis said. “And I don’t expect us to finish until winter or early 2025.”
Trump has been charged with a total of 91 felony counts in the four indictments brought against him this year, and faces a maximum of 712 years and six months behind bars if convicted and given the maximum sentence on all charges. .