The legal landscape for former President Donald Trump in Georgia is heating up. On Wednesday, state prosecutors announced their intent to bring forward at least 150 witnesses in the case probing the alleged interference and manipulation of the 2020 election results. This revelation was reported by the renowned news outlet, The Hill.
Special prosecutor, Nathan Wade, forecasted that the proceedings could span up to four months, especially if all co-defendants are tried concurrently. It’s worth noting that Trump isn’t the only one on trial: a grand jury in Georgia indicted him alongside 18 other individuals.
“A trial involving these 19 co-defendants will last four months, and that doesn’t factor in jury selection,” Wade stated. “The timeline might also shift if the defendants choose to testify. But our current estimate stands at four months.”
Georgia Prosecutors Gear Up for Lengthy Trump Trial
During a recent hearing in Fulton County, prosecutors and the attorneys for two co-defendants, Kenneth Chesebro and Sidney Powell, debated the potential to separate their cases from the rest.
Both are pushing for a speedy trial, which could see them face justice this fall. On the other hand, Trump and several other defendants have indicated they won’t be ready for a trial within that advanced timeframe.
The former Republican president has pleaded “not guilty” to the 13 charges leveled against him, all tied to the conspiracy to overturn the presidential election in Georgia.
This indictment is particularly noteworthy as it highlights the ex-commander-in-chief’s attempts to influence a state electoral process, employing various tactics, including pressuring high-ranking electoral officials. If found guilty, Trump wouldn’t be eligible for a presidential pardon since this is a state case, not a federal one.
On August 24th, Trump turned himself in at the Fulton County jail in Georgia, where he was booked and photographed, marking a historic moment as the first time a former president has undergone such a process.
With information from The Hill