Shortly after former President Donald Trump was arrested and released Thursday on a $200,000 bond in Fulton County, Georgia, a judge in the area set a trial date for the case, one which involves 19 defendants, including former President Trump.
That judge is Fulton County Superior Judge Scott McAfee. He issued an Oct. 23 trial date for one of the defendants, which is the first trial date so far set for the 19 defendants arrested and released on bail in Fulton County on RICO charges stemming from the Trump Campaign’s loss to the 2020 election.
News on that came from the AJC, which also reported that the aggressively soon start date was proposed by DA Fani Willis in response to a motion from former Trump attorney Kenneth Chesebro’s motion seeking a speedy trial.
After the proposal from DA Willis, Judge Scott McAfee set the trial date for Willis, but ruled that it would apply only to Mr. Chesebro, who was indicted for his work helping put together a slate of “alternate” Republican electors in Georgia. Under McAfee’s ruling, Chesebro’s arraignment was scheduled for Sept. 6, most pretrial motions are to be filed by Sept. 27, and there is a scheduled pretrial conference for Sept. 29.
Judge McAfee, in his ruling on the matter of the trial dates, wrote, “Due to the defendant’s timely demand for speedy trial … scheduling will occur on an expedited timeline. At this time, these deadlines do not apply to any co-defendant.”
Former President Trump spoke about his arrest and mugshot to Fox News, saying, “They insisted on a mugshot and I agreed to do that. This is the only time I’ve ever taken a mugshot. It is not a comfortable feeling — especially when you’ve done nothing wrong.”
Continuing, former President Trump alleged that the real purpose of his arrest was election interference, saying, “This is all about election interference. It all comes through Washington and the DOJ and Crooked Joe Biden — nothing like this has ever happened in our country before.”
A text from the Trump campaign from just before his arrest said, “This is my last text to you before my arrest, Patriot. I hope you’ll read my personal note. Today, I will be going to the notoriously violent jail in Fulton County, Georgia where I will be ARRESTED despite having committed NO CRIME. Isn’t it interesting that I went my entire life without ever getting arrested. But suddenly out of nowhere, once I decided to run for president as a political outsider and fight for the forgotten citizens of our country, I get ARRESTED FOUR TIMES within the span of just 5 months?”
“Not only that, a judge has ruled that today’s spectacle may be televised for the entire world to see. The American people know what’s going on. This is a punishment handed down from the Deep State for daring to challenge the status quo and give a voice to the Silent Majority. The Left wants to intimidate YOU out of voting for a political outsider who puts the American people FIRST. But today, I’m walking into the lion’s den with one simple message on behalf of our entire movement: I WILL NEVER SURRENDER OUR MISSION TO SAVE AMERICA,” the message continued.
“When I walk into the jail to get wrongfully arrested, I will not cower, I will not sulk. I will stand tall and remain resolute in our mission to save America. And if you see me on TV during my sham arrest, just remember that YOU are the source of my courage, my hope, and my resolve to save our country,” it then added.
“If you are doing poorly due to the sinister people in control of our country right now, don’t even think about donating! But if you can, please make a contribution to SAVE AMERICA during this dark chapter in our nation’s history,” it concluded.
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