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Judge Schedules Hearing in Trump Election Interference Case After Failed DA Disqualification Bid

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The legal saga surrounding former President Donald Trump’s alleged interference in Georgia’s election process persists as a scheduled Thursday hearing approaches to address motions filed by Trump and co-defendant David Shafer.

This upcoming hearing marks the first legal proceeding following the dismissal of disqualification attempts against Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, the lead prosecutor in the case.

Despite Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee quashing six counts in the indictment, including three against Trump, several charges, including 10 against Trump, remain intact. Judge McAfee left open the possibility for prosecutors to pursue a new indictment to revive the dismissed charges.

Trump’s attorney, Steve Sadow, criticized District Attorney Willis’ assertion that her relationship with special prosecutor Nathan Wade began only after hiring him as lacking credibility.

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McAfee recently rejected Trump’s bid, along with his co-defendants, to disqualify Willis and her office due to her romantic involvement with Wade, who she appointed as special prosecutor in November 2021.

McAfee ruled that Willis and her team could continue prosecuting the case if Wade recused himself, which he promptly did following the judge’s decision. In his recent order, McAfee noted that the state had complied with the court’s directives.

Sadow expressed optimism regarding the defense team’s prospects, anticipating that appellate review would result in the dismissal of the case and the disqualification of the district attorney.

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While McAfee acknowledged his inability to definitively determine the timeline of Wade and Willis’ romantic relationship, he emphasized lingering doubts about the credibility of their testimony. He cited an “appearance of impropriety” and emphasized the need for corrective measures.

The ruling dealt a setback to District Attorney Fani Willis, who faced challenges in her involvement in the case due to her romantic ties with a colleague. It marks the first instance in Trump’s legal battles where charges have been dismissed, citing insufficient details from prosecutors regarding the alleged offenses.

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The indictment against Trump and numerous co-defendants, including lawyers and aides, alleges violations of Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). This unprecedented use of RICO charges accuses Trump and others of engaging in a “criminal enterprise” to retain power following his defeat in the 2020 presidential election.

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The legal wrangling continues as Judge McAfee granted Trump permission to appeal his disqualification ruling while simultaneously pledging to proceed with the case. Earlier decisions required either District Attorney Willis or Nathan Wade to step aside from the prosecution, leading to Wade’s resignation as special prosecutor.

Trump, along with 18 others, pleaded not guilty last August to charges outlined in a sweeping racketeering indictment, alleging efforts to overturn Georgia’s election results. Several defendants, including Kenneth Chesebro, Sidney Powell, Jenna Ellis, and Scott Hall, have since entered plea deals, agreeing to provide testimony against other defendants.

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Throughout the proceedings, Trump has vehemently criticized the investigation led by the district attorney, portraying it as politically motivated. The outcome remains uncertain as the legal battle unfolds, with both sides preparing for further legal maneuvers and courtroom confrontations.

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