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Former prosecutor doubts new guilty pleas will strengthen Georgia case against Trump.

Former President Trump’s ‌Legal Advisors⁢ Plead Guilty in⁤ Georgia Case, Unlikely to Help Prosecutors ⁢Convict Trump

Three of former ​President Donald Trump’s legal advisors have entered ​guilty pleas in an ongoing criminal case in Fulton County, Georgia, in ⁤the past week, but former prosecutor David⁣ Gelman ‍said those plea ⁣deals are unlikely to help prosecutors convict the former president.

“I know, the mainstream media ⁣is really hounding down and say, ‘Oh, the Trump’s inner⁢ circle is collapsing.’⁢ I don’t see it,” Mr. Gelman​ told NTD News’ “Capitol Report” on Wednesday.

In August, Fulton County ⁢District Attorney Fani Willis charged President Trump and 18 other individuals in a sweeping ⁤conspiracy to‍ unlawfully overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results.

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Attorney Sydney Powell, ‍who supported efforts‍ to challenge the 2020 election⁢ results, pled guilty on Oct. 19 ‌to six misdemeanor charges.

The following day, attorney Kenneth Chesebro took⁤ a plea ⁤deal and accepted one felony count of conspiracy to commit filing false documents.

Jenna Ellis, ⁤another attorney who supported President Trump’s efforts to challenge the 2020 election results, also pled‌ guilty on Tuesday to a single felony count of aiding and abetting false statements and writings.

Scott⁢ Hall, a bail bondsman who was also charged in the ⁢Fulton County ⁢case, ‌also took a plea deal last month, accepting responsibility for five misdemeanor counts of conspiracy ‌to commit⁢ intentional interference with the performance ⁢of election ‌duties.

As part of their plea deals, Mr. ​Chesebro, Mr. Hall, Ms. Powell, and Ms. Ellis‌ have all agreed to testify for the prosecution⁤ as it proceeds ​with its case against‍ President Trump and the​ remaining co-defendants.

Jenna⁤ Ellis (C) reacts⁣ after reading⁤ a statement ⁤pleading guilty to a felony count of aiding and abetting false statements and writings at the Fulton County Courthouse in Atlanta on Oct. ⁣24,⁢ 2023.
Jenna Ellis (C) reacts after reading a statement pleading⁢ guilty⁤ to a felony count of aiding and abetting false statements and writings at the‌ Fulton⁣ County Courthouse in Atlanta on Oct. 24, 2023. (John Bazemore-Pool/Getty Images)

Mr. Gelman—who served ⁣as the assistant county prosecutor in Burlington County, New Jersey, before launching his own criminal defense practice in 2017, Gelman Law—suggested the prosecutors likely offered‌ these early⁢ plea‍ deals⁤ to see if they could get other defendants in the case ⁢to flip and isolate⁢ President Trump⁤ legally.

“When I was ⁢a ⁢prosecutor, we charged everybody as ‌much as we possibly could,​ for the ‌simple reason that we know people ‍are going to flip,” Mr. Gelman said. “…[The prosecutors] want to make everybody just kind of sweat if you will, and kind of ⁢just break, and you know flip if you want on the main individual. In ‍this situation, it’s the former president.”

Steve ⁣Sadow, an attorney representing President Trump in ​the Fulton County case, has also minimized the risk his client could face ⁢ if ‍prosecutors called Ms. Powell or Mr. Chesebro to the witness‍ stand.

Mr. Sadow said⁤ if the prosecution does indeed call⁤ Ms. Powell to ‍testify, her truthful testimony would only bolster President Trump’s defense arguments.

“I fully expect that truthful testimony would be favorable to my defense strategy,” Mr. Sadow ‌again added following Mr. Chesebro’s guilty plea.

More Plea Deals ⁣’Likely’

Mr. Gelman said defendants often enter ‌plea agreements because they can’t keep⁤ up with their legal costs and predicted many of ‌the remaining defendants in this case ⁣would likely do the same.

He said it will ⁣be difficult to know how President Trump’s legal⁤ team will​ respond until they ‌know how these other defendants may testify.

“What are they going to⁢ offer? That is the whole question on ‍this. And if I’m​ the defense attorneys for Donald Trump,⁢ remember, they’re going to have the opportunity to cross-examine all these individuals who have cut plea deals ⁢and who ​are allegedly‌ going to testify against him,” Mr. Gelman⁤ said.

In any case, the‍ prosecutor-turned-defense⁣ attorney ⁤argued that any co-defendants who do take plea deals ⁣won’t be able to prove President Trump intended to commit a ​crime.

“They’re ‍not going to​ show the‌ intent of Donald ⁢Trump,”⁢ Mr. Gelman told NTD News. “So unless they’re going to actually say that Donald Trump ‘ordered me to ‌do X, Y, and Z,’⁣ I don’t⁣ think they’re going to have really much to go on.”

Sidney Powell speaks during a press conference ‌at the‌ Republican National Committee headquarters ⁤in Washington on Nov.‍ 19, 2020.
Sidney Powell speaks during a press conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in‍ Washington​ on Nov. 19, 2020. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty ‍Images)

The Aug. ⁢14 ‍indictment alleges Mr. Chesebro recommended the Trump campaign’s strategy of nominating alternate ​slates of electors in the various states whose‌ 2020 election results the Trump ⁣campaign had challenged.‍ Mr.⁢ Chesebro also allegedly communicated with other attorneys who were indicted in the Fulton County‌ case,⁣ including Ray Smith and John Eastman.

The indictment alleges Ms. Powell and Ms. Ellis made false⁤ statements concerning election fraud in Georgia at a Nov. 19 press conference on behalf of the Trump campaign.

Ms. Powell‌ also allegedly met with President Trump on Dec. 18, ⁣2020, ‍to⁣ discuss strategies for ⁢challenging ‌the 2020 election results, including‌ seizing vote ⁣tabulation⁢ machines and granting her ⁣special counsel authority to investigate allegations of⁣ voter fraud in Georgia. Prosecutors had also alleged Ms. Powell ‌had committed a⁣ variety of unlawful behavior while inspecting election equipment in Coffee County, Georgia.

The Georgia indictment also ‌alleged Ms. Ellis participated in efforts to convince Arizona,⁣ Georgia, Michigan, and Pennsylvania legislators to allow for the appointment of alternate‍ slates of electors and authored two separate memorandums describing means ⁤of ⁢delaying the certification of the ‍2020 election ‍results.

The indictment alleges Mr. Hall engaged in a variety of unlawful acts⁤ for his involvement in⁤ handling ⁣the Coffee County ⁤election equipment.

From​ NTD News.

According to former ‌prosecutor⁣ David Gelman, how significant of‌ a blow are the guilty pleas ‍of Trump’s legal advisors‌ to the former president

Ell (C) leaves the Fulton County‌ Courthouse in Atlanta, Georgia after pleading guilty ‌on Oct. 19, 2023. (Elijah⁢ Nouvelage/Getty Images)”>

Sidney Powell (C) ⁢leaves the Fulton County⁤ Courthouse in Atlanta, Georgia after‌ pleading guilty on ⁤Oct. 19, 2023. (Elijah⁢ Nouvelage/Getty Images)

The guilty pleas entered by three of⁢ former President Donald Trump’s legal advisors in the ongoing criminal case in Fulton County, Georgia are ‍unlikely to aid prosecutors in ‍convicting the former president, according to ‌former‌ prosecutor David Gelman. Gelman, speaking on NTD News’​ “Capitol Report,” dismissed the notion that the Trump inner circle is collapsing, emphasizing that he does not see this development as ⁤a significant blow to the⁤ former president.

In August, Fulton ‌County District Attorney Fani Willis charged President ⁢Trump and 18 other individuals with conspiracy to unlawfully overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results. However, the‍ recent guilty⁤ pleas of attorneys Sydney Powell, Kenneth Chesebro, and Jenna Ellis are ⁣not expected to substantially bolster the prosecution’s case against Trump.

Powell, who supported efforts to challenge the 2020 election results, pleaded guilty to six misdemeanor charges‍ on ⁣October 19. Chesebro accepted a

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