Motions to sever Chesebro and Powell from the rest of the lot are under way and on live TV.
Sounds like judge is denying the requests from Chesebro and Powell to sever from one another. The DA is still hoping to drag the other defendants in early as well.
The DA is arguing that since it’s RICO they are presenting the exact same case vs every defendant. Chesebro and Powell attorneys were arguing they should be severed and only have to defend for their alleged piece of the wrongdoing (fake electors for Chesebro, Coffee County breakin for Powell).
I think the Fulton DA is going to lose the argument to try everyone together quickly. Seems all but impossible with other logistical issues.
In other news, the Mar a Lago IT worker has reportedly flipped and is now cooperating with Jack Smith in that prosecution.
First set of defendants lose their motion to separate trials.
It will be interesting if they decide to keep all of them together whether the right to speed trial will trump Trump’s desire to drag it out as long as possible. I’m guessing in the end to the extent that the group is kept together it will be much closer to Trump’s desired timeline than the October 24th date I’ve seen thrown around.
My guess is that Chesebro and Powell go forward early. Will be a good chance for the rest of the defendants to see the state’s case. Everyone else likely goes much later.
Thirteen grand jurors voted to recommend indicting Graham, while seven voted no and one abstained. They voted 17-4 to recommend indicting Perdue and 14-6 for Loeffler.
I’m not surprised that the prosecutor decided not to indict the senators.
A prosecutor needs a 12-0 margin to convict with a trial jury, and trial jurors hear a defense. 13-7, 17-4, and 14-6 do not look like slam dunk prosecutions.
Maybe the Hatch Act is finally good for something. It appear to be the legal basis behind the Judge’s ruling to not allow Meadow’s to move the case to Federal Court and would seem to have application to all 19 defendants who might submit similar requests.
Jenna Ellis telling it like it is.
She won’t be able to vote anyway after she’s convicted and thrown in prison, will she?
Things that make you go wtf? pt 1034
As described to ABC News, the aide, Molly Michael, told investigators that – more than once – she received requests or taskings from Trump that were written on the back of notecards, and she later recognized those notecards as sensitive White House materials – with visible classification markings – used to brief Trump while he was still in office about phone calls with foreign leaders or other international-related matters.
The sources said Michael also told federal investigators that last year she grew increasingly concerned with how Trump handled recurring requests from the National Archives for the return of all government documents being kept in boxes at Mar-a-Lago – and she felt that Trump’s claims about it at the time would be easy to disprove, according to the sources.
Sources said that after Trump heard the FBI wanted to interview Michael last year, Trump allegedly told her, “You don’t know anything about the boxes.”
Are you sure it wasn’t a grocery list? Maybe he needed some bread but couldn’t find his ID so he wrote a shopping list on the first piece of paper he could find and sent his assistant out.
Some ketchup getting thrown around Mar-a-Lago: Lin Wood has flipped. He has 0 credibility, so not sure how much it matters, but at least it’s amusing. Trying to find a story with the least annoying number of ads. My popup blocker said it blocked 31 ads from CNN, so going with CNBC (which still had 17 things to block):
that’s what I see. he is, in a room full of kooks, maybe the kookiest.
Not sure why Trump goes on “left-wing” media, but he goes on spouting his lies, and then someone has to fact-check it all:
Chutkan has been assigned as judge for Passantino’s lawsuit against Weissmann. tl:dr Cassidy Hutchinson testified to the 1/6 committee that Passantino told her to say she did not recall certain details rather than testify about them. After said committee testimony came out last year, he lost his job. He’s now suing Weissmann over a tweet from this month saying it ruined his reputation, I guess retroactively a year after his career cratered. He’s suing for 75k, so doesn’t think his own reputation had much value. Weissmann’s tweet btw doesn’t mention Passantino by name: https://twitter.com/AWeissmann_/status/1702763825097748795
Hunt also is Cassidy Hutchinson’s good lawyer. (Not the one who coached her to lie) And he is the guy who took notes of Trump saying, when Mueller was appointed, quoting him as saying “I’m f….d”
Trump at a campaign appearance at a South Carolina gun store said he wanted to buy a gun with his face printed on it. Campaign, MTG, and NRA said that he did indeed buy it. CNN pointed out that it is illegal for indicted felons to purchase firearms, campaign does about face. Oops.