CNN legal analyst Elie Honig has revealed that Trump’s legal team has made the move of requesting a speedy trial, which he claims could “throw a wrench” into the legal proceedings against the 45th president of the United States.
Speaking to CNN host Kate Bolduan, Honig referred to a motion filed on Wednesday night by the defense of Trump’s co-defendant Kenneth Chesebro for a speedy trial — a move which Honig claims could benefit Trump.
“Kenneth Chesebro, peeling off and now requesting, doing a filing to request a speedy trial,” host Kate Bolduan said. “Okay, fine, but what does that do to all of them?”
“So this is a big deal. This could really throw a wrench into the D.A.’s plan here. There’s 19 indicted defendants in this case. Kenneth Chesebro has invoked his rights under Georgia law to a speedy trial. We talk about the speedy trial. We say, ‘Oh, Jack Smith wants a speedy trial’ – it’s the defendant’s right. And that’s what Kenneth Chesebro, who is a lawyer, is doing here,” Honig explained.
“He’s saying, under Georgia law, he has the right if he insists on it, to have that trial start by October or November, and if that happens, there will be at least two trial groups. There will be an early group. It may just be him. It may be others, and there will be a later group, and you can bet that Donald Trump wants to be in the later group, and the judge almost certainly can’t force him into that early group,” Honig said.
“And what do you do if you’re Trump’s team? You sit back, you watch every minute of that first trial, you see all the government’s witnesses, you see them cross-examine, you take notes. It’s like seeing the other teams’ playbook opened up in front of you.” Honig continued.
Trump is slated to turn himself in to authorities for processing at the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta on Thursday.
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