Fani Willis Putting Pressure On Trump’s Co-Defendants To Flip & Plead Guilty

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Per a new report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from journalist Tamar Hallerman, the team of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has been approaching other defendants in the racketeering case brought against Trump and others about the possibility of a plea deal, which would generally involve the defendant’s subsequent cooperation with investigators.

One co-defendant, Scott Hall, has already taken a deal after charges arising from his part in the scheme in Georgia’s Coffee County to obtain data from the local elections system. A similar scheme was seen in multiple jurisdictions around the country as Trump supporters tried to assemble support for their theories of fraud. Now, the Journal-Constitution said former Trump campaign official Michael Roman was offered a plea deal in the Willis case, though his team has rejected it. It does not appear that Trump himself has been offered any kind of deal. The publication identified defendants at issue here as including individuals involved in Georgia’s sham electors for Trump, the Coffee County incident, and what Ruby Freeman experienced.

Freeman and Shaye Moss, a mother and daughter, were election workers in Fulton County during the 2020 elections and were named in baseless conspiracy theories about widespread election fraud, subsequently facing harassment and threats — including in-person targeting from individuals who showed up personally to antagonize them. As noted by the Journal-Constitution, Willis has separately led the prosecution of at least two other alleged conspiracy cases — including one that’s ongoing — in which the number of originally charged defendants shrunk considerably heading to trial as deals were struck.

Trump is also facing an ongoing civil trial this week in New York City, where he was hit with a gag order after he targeted a law clerk for the judge by name on Truth Social, his knock-off social media site. The judge also ordered the removal of the post, in which Trump falsely characterized this individual as the “girlfriend” of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the current Senate Majority Leader.