Pro-Trump Lawyer Accepts Plea Deal in Georgia ‘Fake Electors’ Case

Pro-Trump Lawyer Accepts Plea Deal in Georgia ‘Fake Electors’ Case – Kenneth Chesebro, the attorney accused of orchestrating the “fake electors” scheme to thwart Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election, has opted for a plea agreement, sparing him from facing trial in the Fulton County racketeering case alongside Donald Trump and 17 co-defendants.

This eleventh-hour plea deal represents the second significant triumph in as many days for the prosecution team. It enables them to secure Chesebro’s testimony against his former associates within Trump’s inner circle, providing added strength to their case. Chesebro made a court appearance and entered a guilty plea for conspiracy to submit false documents. 

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His plea agreement entails five years of probation, a $5,000 restitution payment, 100 hours of community service, and a written apology to the citizens of Georgia. Most significantly, it obliges him to surrender any evidence in his possession and provide truthful testimony in all proceedings and trials involving his co-defendants in the case, including Trump.

Attorney Sidney Powell, who was also scheduled for trial on Friday, had already accepted a plea deal on Thursday, potentially influencing Chesebro’s decision. Just two days earlier, ABC had reported that he had rejected a plea offer from prosecutors aimed at avoiding jail time by admitting to the conspiracy charge.

Fifteen additional co-defendants, including Trump, are slated for trial next year as part of the racketeering case pursued by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. Powell and Chesebro’s cases had been separated from the larger racketeering case due to their requests for a speedy trial. Chesebro had significant involvement in Trump’s post-election endeavors to reverse the 2020 election results. He authored two crucial memos in early December. 

The first memo outlined a strategy for assembling purported pro-Trump electors in the six states where Trump had lost, aiming to maintain a legal avenue for contesting the election in court and potentially during the congressional certification on January 6. In the second memo, he presented the legal rationale that the vice president could reject electors from states during the certification, while also suggesting that Vice President Mike Pence should recuse himself to prevent any conflicts of interest.

His decision to cooperate with authorities regarding Trump and his associates could have the most significant consequences for Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor, and John Eastman, Trump’s attorney. They closely collaborated on devising a legal scheme to contest the election.

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Chesebro was facing seven felony charges, which included a conspiracy charge and six other allegations related to a plan to fraudulently certify “alternate electors” to declare Trump the winner of the 2020 presidential election. He entered into a plea agreement shortly after the commencement of jury selection for his trial on Friday.

As of now, neither Chesebro’s legal representatives nor the Fulton County District Attorney’s office have provided immediate responses to requests for comments. Chesebro and Powell’s choice to accept plea agreements could substantially bolster Willis’s case against Trump, as both lawyers held pivotal roles in the former president’s efforts to retain his position. With their extensive insights into the plot’s inner workings, they may provide valuable new evidence during the trial.

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