The judge in the Georgia election interference case against former President Donald Trump said he'd allow cameras in the courtroom ahead of Trump's indictment, the New York Post reported. Details of forthcoming grand jury findings were accidentally leaked on the Fulton County Court's website Monday.
Early Monday, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney told the media they could "film and photograph" an indictment if the grand jury issued one. There was no word on whether the trial itself would be televised.
That same day, a 13-count indictment briefly appeared on the court's website and was widely reported as it included potential prosecution under racketeering laws. The court clerk attempted to downplay the release as fictitious.
However, by late Monday, a Georgia grand jury officially indicted Trump and 18 others for allegedly trying to change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, the Associated Press reported. The allegations against the defendants were shockingly overblown and included violations of a law typically used to prosecute mobsters.
"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," Fani Willis, the Fulton County District Attorney, said in a news conference held late at night Monday. Prosecutors charged that Trump and his allies amounted to a "criminal enterprise" conspiring to keep Trump in office.
The indictment was nearly 100 pages and roped in several people close to Trump that were previously left untouched by special counsel Jack Smith's investigation. Those included in the latest indictment are Trump's personal attorney and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani; former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark; and former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.
Members of his legal team at the time of the election faced charges for attempting to use legal strategies to attempt to overturn the election results, such as Sidney Powell, Kenneth Cheseboro, and John Eastman. The legal filing advanced other supposed crimes, including charges that Trump was attempting to force Georgia's GOP secretary of state to create votes to help him win the state.
His surrogates are being charged with deeds, such as a Trump lawyer who allegedly attempted to gain access to a voting machine to mine its data. Other infractions include harassing a poll worker and attempting to install new electoral college electors to vote for Trump despite his Georgia loss.
Trump's response via his attorneys was that prosecutors were politically motivated. His legal team shamed the court, stating that "the events that have unfolded today have been shocking and absurd, starting with the leak of a presumed and premature indictment before the witnesses had testified or the grand jurors had deliberated and ended with the District Attorney being unable to offer any explanation."
The defense team added that prosecutors "relied on witnesses who harbor their own personal and political interests — some of whom ran campaigns touting their efforts against the accused." Regardless of the merits of particular charges, the use of the racketeering statute points to an overzealous prosecution of the former president.
With the 2024 presidential election on the horizon, Trump faces four separate and similarly dubious criminal cases. He's the frontrunner for the GOP, and these witch hunts could arguably amount to election interference and malicious prosecution.
Moreover, there's a good chance that if Trump wins, he could be sworn into office while also facing one of his criminal trials as the timeline drags on. The former president believes this is intentional.
"All of these Biden Administration bogus trials and cases, including the locals, should be brought after the 2024 Presidential Election. What they have done is already Election Interference, but if the trials are held before the Election, then it would be Interference on a scale never seen in our Country before," he posted to his Truth Social Tuesday, according to Fox News.
It's clear that the left is afraid Trump will win the election in 2024. Unfortunately, with nobody to stop them, they could get exactly what they want as Trump continues to be mired down in these criminal cases -- and they'd love nothing more than to see it all on tape.