Former U.S. Army prosecutor Glenn Kirschner says a judge’s decision to break up the Georgia election interference case into two trials could “devastate” former President Donald Trump, one of 19 defendants in the sprawling racketeering probe over attempts to overturn the 2020 election in the state.
Judge Scott McAfee on Thursday ruled that 17 of the defendants — including Trump — will not be tried at the same time as two other defendants who sought a speedy trial, pro-Trump attorneys Kenneth Chesebro and Sidney Powell. They come before the court on Oct. 23.
On an episode of his “Justice Matters” podcast posted Thursday, Kirschner said Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and her team will “come out of the gates strong” in the first trial and “prove up the entire conspiracy,” including Trump’s alleged crimes.
However, Trump’s lawyers will get to preview the evidence and therefore be able to adjust their defense when it comes to his trial, Kirschner acknowledged.
But Chesebro and Powell’s attorneys will only attack the evidence incriminating their clients, he said, so negative Trump news will drip out “day after day, week after week, month after month.”
“This is going to hurt, this is going to devastate Trump in the court of public opinion,” said Kirschner.
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