Major Trump Trial Just Got Stalled?

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( – Steve Sadow, the leading attorney for former President Trump in the Georgia election interference case, made his first appearance during a hearing on Friday. The focus was on how Trump’s potential 2024 presidential candidacy might influence the trial and its scheduling.

During the lengthy hearing, presided over by Judge Scott McAfee, Sadow joined other defense attorneys. His responses to McAfee’s theoretical questions offered insights into the upcoming legal confrontations as Trump faces 13 charges.

The prosecution aims to start the trial in August for Trump and his co-defendants, unless they accept plea deals. This timeline could mean Trump might be on trial during the election period, prompting Sadow to seek a postponement.

Judge McAfee questioned Sadow about the implications if Trump were to win the 2024 election. Sadow argued that, due to the Supremacy Clause and presidential duties, the trial wouldn’t occur until Trump’s presidential term ended.

Sadow also highlighted Trump’s lead in Republican primary polls, suggesting his nomination was likely barring an unexpected event. He expressed concern about the impact of a trial on Trump’s ability to campaign, framing it as potential “election interference.”

Special prosecutor Nathan Wade, responding to McAfee’s inquiries, dismissed the notion that the trial equated to election interference in the 2024 presidential race. Wade emphasized that the trial was simply Fulton County conducting its legal proceedings and wouldn’t hinder Trump’s campaign efforts.

The Fulton County District Attorney’s office has indicted 19 individuals, including Trump, for allegedly conspiring to keep him in office post the 2020 election loss. Four of the defendants have since pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

District Attorney Fani Willis (D) is pushing for a joint trial of the remaining defendants starting August 5, 2024. The trial is expected to be extensive, involving numerous witnesses over several months.

Judge McAfee hasn’t made a final decision on the trial’s timing or whether to split the defendants into groups. However, he indicated a preference for dividing the remaining 15 defendants into two groups, citing logistical constraints.

Sadow also mentioned that Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) is expected to testify for the defense. Perry had advocated challenging the 2020 election results. Additionally, Sadow revealed plans for a motion asserting presidential immunity for Trump, a defense strategy also used in his 2020 federal election case in Washington, D.C., where Trump faces four felony counts and has pleaded not guilty.

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