Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis thought she racked up another win in her mission to send Donald Trump to prison.
Democrats and the media were cheering.
And Donald Trump was left speechless by this guilty verdict.
Fani Willis scored her third guilty plea in her much-hyped RICO case against Donald Trump and 18 other lawyers, aides and supporters for conspiring to overturn the 2020 election.
But once again, the media ballyhoo fell far short of the reality.
Trump campaign lawyer Kenneth Chesebro pleaded guilty to a single felony charge of conspiracy to submit false documents.
Chesebro will serve five years’ probation, pay a $5,000 fine, perform 1,000 hours of community service, and agree to testify truthfully at the other defendants’ – presumably Donald Trump’s – trial.
But like bail bondsman Scott Hall and Trump lawyer Sidney Powell, Chesebro never pleaded guilty to the central allegation that there was a RICO conspiracy to subvert the election.
The charges against Chesebro stemmed from the Trump campaign and Republicans in Georgia filing an alternate slate of electors so Trump could continue his legal challenges to the outcome in the Peach State.
Media members instantly declared Chesebro’s guilty plea an ominous sign for Trump that walls were closing in and Willis had the GOP presidential frontrunner dead to rights.
But Chesebro’s lawyer Scott Grubman debunked that wild speculation.
“I don’t think so,” Grubman said when asked if Trump had anything to worry about.
Grubman continued on telling reporters that he doesn’t think Chesebro has any testimony of value and that Chesebro didn’t rat anyone out in his proffer to prosecutors.
“The plea agreement says that if he’s called, he’ll testify, and he’s a man of his word,” Grubman added. “That doesn’t mean that they’re going to call him and I don’t think that’s anywhere near certainty. And in fact, quite frankly, I would be somewhat surprised if they did [call him].”
“He didn’t snitch against anyone. He went in there. He accepted responsibility,” Grubman continued.
Grubman also scoffed at the idea that the guilty plea proved Willis’s case about a conspiracy to overturn the election was stronger than critics believe asking the press if that was the case, why did Willis allow Chesebro to plead guilty to a single charge that doesn’t require him to spend one day in prison and doesn’t even show up on his record as a conviction?
“If that were true, if Mr. Chesebro was the architect of a plan to overturn democracy, would the district attorney of Fulton County have offered him five years’ probation to terminate after three years, and first offender status, which means that it doesn’t even count as a conviction? And the answer’s no,” Grubman added.
Grubman said his client and others felt strongly about the 2020 election and legitimately believed the claims they made, but that Chesebro was able to put this episode behind him and avoid jail time.
“The bottom line is while Mr. Chesebro and others felt strongly about various things…he gets to get his life back and not spend one day in jail. He was facing very, very serious charges,” Grubman concluded.
Evidence continues to mount that Willis intended to overcharge and indict as many people as possible just for the shock value.
When the government threatens ordinary citizens with prison time, the accused usually don’t have the resources to fight back.
Willis now gets to claim her case is gaining momentum as guilty pleas rack up even though they don’t come with any jail time or require an admission of guilt on the central allegation in the indictment.
Fani Willis is facing a complaint by Georgia Senate Republicans that she abused her authority by engaging in selective and politically motivated prosecutions.
The state commission could entertain sanctions up to removing Willis from office.
And the continued guilty pleas where Willis continues to admit she can’t prove her main allegation of a RICO conspiracy to overturn the election look more like harassment of political opponents and continues to build the case that Willis abused her power.
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