Former President Donald Trump and many of his key political allies have portrayed the multiple court cases currently targeting him as an orchestrated effort to derail his bid for a second term in the White House.
Now, the Georgia prosecutor heading up an indictment related to the aftermath of the 2020 election has essentially acknowledged that her plan is for the case to drag on for many months, potentially beyond next year’s election.
During the recent Global Women Summit hosted by the Washington Post, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis revealed her expectation that the case will result in a trial that “will take many months,” adding: “I don’t expect that we will conclude until the winter or the very early part of 2025.”
Despite the suspicious timing, which seems to bolster the argument that the entire trial is meant to hurt Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign, Willis denied any such motivation.
“I don’t when making decisions about cases to bring, consider any election cycle or an election season,” she claimed. “That does not go into the calculus. What goes into the calculus is: This is the law. These are the facts. And the facts show you violated the law. Then charges are brought.”
Trump is one of 19 defendants being charged in the case, which alleges inappropriate behavior by the then-president, his lawyers and others in his inner circle as they pursued an investigation into potential voter fraud and irregularities.
“The indictment alleges that rather than abide by Georgia’s legal process for election challenges, the defendants engaged in a criminal racketeering enterprise to overturn Georgia’s presidential election result,” the district attorney said earlier this year upon announcing the charges.
Of course, Trump has continued to maintain his innocence and has frequently cited his dominant performance in the GOP primary as well as in a head-to-head 2020 rematch as evidence that the charges against him are only boosting his popularity.
“Every time the radical left Democrats, Marxists, communists and fascists indict me, I consider it a truly great badge of honor, because I’m being indicted for you” he told a crowd of supporters at a campaign event in August.