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While Trump’s former attorney may not be working with Fani Willis directly, all of Trump’s private conversations with the attorney may now be in the hands of Willis!
In a significant development in the investigation led by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis into former President Donald Trump’s alleged efforts to influence the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia, his former attorney, Kenneth Chesebro, entered a guilty plea for conspiring to file false documents. This plea marks another co-defendant within Trump’s circle who has opted for cooperation in order to avoid potential jail time in Willis’ election interference case.
According to Newsweek, these charges are a part of Willis’ ongoing inquiry into Trump’s alleged attempts to alter the 2020 election results in Georgia, a state he narrowly lost to President Joe Biden. Trump has repeatedly claimed, although without substantial evidence, that widespread voter fraud played a pivotal role in his electoral defeat.
The central focus of the district attorney’s investigation centers on Trump’s controversial phone call to Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, in which he urged Raffensperger to locate sufficient votes to tip the election in his favor. Additionally, there is an alleged plot to submit a fraudulent list of pro-Trump electors from Georgia to the Electoral College. Trump, meanwhile, maintains his innocence, alleging that Willis is pursuing him for political reasons and to disrupt his potential 2024 presidential campaign.
Chesebro’s guilty plea presents a potential setback for the former president. Beyond cooperating with the prosecution against his co-defendants, Chesebro will also be required to provide ALL documentation and evidence, such as text messages and emails, to state prosecutors for use in their case.
Former federal prosecutor Gene Rossi expressed the significance of Chesebro’s plea deal, calling it “another bad day” for Trump. He pointed out that when two attorneys who were part of Trump’s legal team plead guilty to criminal charges, it is never a favorable situation. Rossi suggested that Chesebro, as the “architect” of the fraudulent elector scheme, might have disclosed to prosecutors that those involved in the plot were aware of its fraudulent nature at the time. This testimony could complicate Trump’s defense, especially if he attempts to rely on an “advice of counsel” defense strategy.
Prosecutors have accused Chesebro of preparing a memorandum outlining legal strategies to challenge the election results. These strategies included the submission of pro-Trump electors to the Electoral College in several swing states where Biden narrowly won, including Georgia, where Biden’s victory margin was just 11,779 votes, less than a quarter of a percentage point. Chesebro is also alleged to have provided tactics to disrupt and delay the certification of Electoral votes by Congress on January 6, 2021, although these efforts ultimately failed, with Congress certifying Biden’s victory.
Former U.S. attorney Joyce White Vance emphasized the significance of Chesebro’s plea deal, particularly in the context of special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation. She noted that the Trump team was behind the fraudulent elector scheme in multiple states, with Chesebro being the mastermind of this operation.