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Post-election conspiracy in Georgia |  Justice had considered trying twice the number of defendants

Post-election conspiracy in Georgia | Justice had considered trying twice the number of defendants

(Washington) The state of Georgia has indicted 19 people, including former US President Donald Trump, for allegedly illegal attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, but has considered prosecuting twice that number, including an influential senator, according to court documents released. Submit it. Public Friday.

The large number of defendants in this case, emphasized by commentators, explains Prosecutor Fanny Willis’s resort to the Anti-Organized Crime Law.

But of the 19 defendants who have all pleaded not guilty, not all will be tried at the same time, and attorneys Sidney Powell and Kenneth Chesbrough have called for a speedy trial, which will begin on October 23. No appointments have yet been set for the remaining 17 members, including Mr. Trump and his former personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

The indictment issued against them on August 14 by a grand jury, a citizens’ panel with investigative powers, was based on the findings of a previous special grand jury, which had been filed in December 2022, but were only made public on Friday. .

According to the document, the special grand jury also voted to indict about 20 other people, including influential Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, his party’s lead representative on the Judiciary Committee, as well as Michael Flynn, the short-lived national security adviser. The beginning of the Trump presidency.

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Donald Trump’s former national security advisor, Michael Flynn

In contrast to the sprawling proceeding in Georgia, the file that Special Prosecutor Jack Smith is investigating at the federal level, regarding supposed illegal attempts to reverse the results of the vote, which was won by current Democratic President Joe Biden, targets only one of the defendants: Donald. Trump.

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The trial in federal court in Washington for the Republican candidate running for the 2024 presidential election is scheduled to begin on March 4.