Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis thinks she has Donald Trump dead to rights.
Her legal witch hunt against the former President has one fatal flaw.
And CNN revealed one ace Donald Trump has up his sleeve against the Fulton County DA.
Former President Donald Trump and 18 of his allies were indicted in Fulton County, Georgia for their role in challenging the results of the state’s 2020 Election.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is using Georgia’s RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act, which was designed to target organized crime, for the charges.
This complex case could give Trump a “tactical advantage” according to CNN senior legal analyst Elie Honig.
Two lawyers who worked for the Trump campaign in the state, Sidney Powell and Kenneth Chesebro, are going to be the first of the 19 defendants in the case to go to trial.
Honig said that the lawyers “invoked their speedy trial rights, meaning their trial now has to start before November of this year.”
Powell and Chesebro will be tried together after the lawyers failed in a motion to get their cases separated beginning in late October.
Prosecutors in Willis’ office wanted to try all 19 defendants together but Honig, a former federal prosecutor, said that the judge is “‘very skeptical’” of that idea.
Judge Scott McAfee called the plan by the Fulton County DA to have all 19 defendants go to trial together in October “unrealistic” during a hearing, but said he would consider the prosecution’s request.
“It looks like he’s going to split them out,” Honig said.
Having cases tried by the Fulton County DA before his case comes to trial would work out in Trump’s favor according to Honig.
“Nice tactical advantage here, by the way, for Trump and whoever goes second [after the Powell and Chesebro case] because they get to sit back, watch that first trial, pick up all sorts of pointers about the government’s strategy,” Honig explained.
The Fulton County DA’s office will show its hand during the first trial against Powell and Chesebro.
Trump’s legal team could begin to build a more effective defense for the former President after they’ve seen the DA’s strategy in the prior cases.
Willis is trying to have the trail against Trump start on March 4, 2024, the day before Super Tuesday in the GOP primary when over a dozen states vote.
Trump’s legal team has sought to push back the trial until after the 2024 Election.
Delaying the trial could give Donald Trump a crucial edge in court by knowing what the Fulton County DA’s office has in store.