Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis informed CNN that former President Donald Trump will not receive a “special break” or exemption from imprisonment if found guilty of racketeering charges in Georgia.
Trump, alongside over a dozen co-defendants who worked in his orbit, is being charged with attempting to subvert the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. He was formally charged this year. Trump had his iconic mugshot photograph taken at Fulton County Jail which instantly went viral.
The former president typically becomes more popular and rises in the polls whenever new charges are brought against him.
Willis, who Trump has accused of being racist, spoke with CNN’s Nick Valencia on Thursday. She was questioned about the possibility of the Republican 2024 frontrunner being incarcerated if found guilty on his charges. Willis stated her intention to propose a suitable sentencing to the court, emphasizing that “no one gets a special break.”
WILLIS: I know that in the media, and even in the world, we like instant gratification. The judicial process is a long process, and so we’ll be here with that case for a while.
VALENCIA: When I get asked that I’m covering the story, many people say, you know, the former president is already gone to jail. Will he see prison time? What do you think about that?
WILLIS: I think that everyone in society is the same, and I don’t know why that’s such a difficult concept for people. You can look at the charges, and based on those charges, we’ll be recommending appropriate sentences. No one gets a special break because of their status.
Former President Trump on Thursday remarked about another case he is involved in regarding his Mar-a-Lago estate. Trump posted on Truth Social:
““People are leaving New York at an alarming rate. It lost more people than any other State in the Country.” Bret Baier, FoxNews. It’s because they are not focused on violent crime, they are focused instead on Crooked Joe Biden’s Political Opponent. No business will come back to New York until A.G. Letitia James is out of office. Fake charges and a Rigged trial based on made up, fraudulent valuations, by a Judge and A.G., to suit their own corrupt narrative. Their were no Victims, only success. Banks loved Trump. My Financial Statements were extraordinary and conservative. Expert Witness said that they were the best he had ever seen. Judge suffers from Trump Derangement Syndrome, and is breaking the law. Values Mar-a-Lago at $18,000,000 for his own, and that of his “boss,” Letitia James’, satisfaction. He is afraid of her, and will do anything she wants. New York is a dead deathtrap, but I, as President, will bring it back!!!”
Trump also shared Newt Gingrich’s post about the situation in Colorado where that state’s supreme court ruled the former president cannot be on the ballot.
In November, Willis engaged in a contentious interaction with Harrison Floyd, a co-defendant involved in the criminal racketeering case concerning former President Donald Trump in the state of Georgia.
The lawsuit, spearheaded by Willis, focuses on accusations pertaining to Trump’s ““efforts to overturn the 2020 election results” within the state. According to Newsweek, Willis instructed Floyd to “shut his mouth” during the proceedings, while a judge was dismissing her plea to imprison him based on his social media actions.
During the court proceedings, Willis expressed “It is unfair to those witnesses. And there are real consequences for allowing defendants to intimidate witnesses.”
Floyd, who was formerly affiliated with Black Voices for Trump, is currently facing charges pertaining to his purported involvement in a campaign that targeted Atlanta election worker Ruby Freeman with harassment. Willis levied an accusation against him, asserting that he employed social media as a means to intimidate witnesses, a course of action she contended constituted a clear and flagrant breach of his bond agreement. The aforementioned agreement, which was established in August subsequent to Floyd’s five-day incarceration, imposes limitations on his ability to communicate with co-defendants or prospective witnesses involved in the case.
Floyd expressed to Greg Kelly previously this year “What’s going on in that jail, I’ve seen worse conditions in Iraq. When I went to my cell for the first time, there was fecal matter smeared on one of the walls. The first morning that I woke up, the guy in the cell next to me was being tased.”
Contrary to Willis’s claims, Judge Scott McAfee made a ruling stating that although Floyd did indeed violate the conditions of his release, the circumstances justified a modification of the bond in order to effectively manage the intricacies associated with interactions on social media platforms.
Late in November, Jenna Ellis, a legal practitioner who actively participated in the 2020 presidential campaign of Donald Trump, entered a plea of guilty in relation to a criminal charge pertaining to the case of alleged involvement in interference in the Georgia election.
Ellis, alongside Sidney Powell and two other individuals, has become the most recent co-defendant of former President Donald Trump to reach a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Ellis, who is 38, entered a plea of guilty in the Fulton County Superior Court for the offense of aiding and abetting false statements and writings, as charged. The aforementioned complaint pertains to the dissemination of misleading assertions of voting fraud, which were presented before the Georgia Senate during a hearing in early December of the year 2020.
During a poignant declaration made in front of Judge Scott McAfee, Ellis tearfully conveyed remorse for her conduct following Trump’s defeat to President Joe Biden in the 2020 election.
“As an attorney who is also a Christian, I take my responsibilities as a lawyer very seriously and I endeavor to be a person of sound moral and ethical character in all of my dealings,” Ellis declared.
“I believed that challenging the results on behalf of President Trump should be pursued in a just and legal way,” she continued, adding that “I failed to do my due diligence.”
Contrarily, she asserted her dependence on facts furnished by seasoned legal professionals “with many more years of experience.”
Trump is confronted with four distinct criminal indictments in four distinct jurisdictions.