Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who is prosecuting former President Donald Trump and others, received some unfavorable news from a former federal prosecutor.
“Back in 2022 just last year, she brought a case against a rapper and several others. What does that tell you about the timing of this case and how quickly or slowly it might be able to come to trial?” CNN anchor Sara Sidner said to the former prosecutor.
“Fani Willis has a lot of experience with RICO throughout her prosecutorial career, so she knows what she’s doing in this regard. But going back to the Young Thug case, it’s still in jury selection. I mean months and months just in jury selection,” she said.
“Picking a jury for the former president and these other high-ranking former officials and lawyers and so on is going to be even more complicated than picking a jury for the Young Thung RICO case so to me that just underscores again that six months is an unrealistic goal to try this thing,” she said.
A prominent legal analyst is warning that Willis’ case against Trump may not be the “slam dunk” that Dems think.
Elie Honig, a CNN legal analyst, cautioned that one potential issue with the indictment is that Trump and his associates may attempt to transfer the trial to federal court, which could take the case out of a jurisdiction known for its liberal bias.
“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-.”
Honig argued that such duties must be “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 was released against former President Donald Trump and 18 other defendants. The indictment accuses the former president of 13 offenses, including three counts of solicitation to violate an oath, two counts of planning first-degree forgery, two counts of making false statements and writings, one count of violating the Georgia RICO Act, one count of impersonating a public official, one count of filing false documents, and one count of filing fraudulent documents.
The other 18 individuals charged by Fulton County include: Jenna Ellis, lawyer; Rudy Giuliani, lawyer; Sidney Powell, lawyer; Robert Cheeley, lawyer; John Eastman, lawyer; Ray Smith III, lawyer; Cathy Latham, alleged fake elector; Mark Meadows, former White House chief of staff; David Shafer, alleged fake elector; Shawn Still, alleged fake elector; Kenneth Chesebro, lawyer; Michael Roman, Trump campaign staffer; Misty Hampton, Coffee County elections supervisor; Stephen Lee, Pastor; Trevian Kutti, Publicist; Willie Lewis Floyd III, former leader of “Black Voices for Trump”; Jeffrey Clark, former DOJ official; and Scott Hall, Bail Bondsman, the Daily Wire noted.