At least three individuals charged in the Georgia RICO case have zero chance of plea deals.
Since Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Mark Meadows, John Eastman, Sidney Powell, Jenna Ellis, and more than a dozen others were charged in Georgia with crimes relating to attempts to overthrow the 2020 election, much speculation has centered on plea deals.
Who would seek one, who would be granted one, and in particular, how long would it take Giuliani to flip to save his own skin?
Now the answer to at least part of that is revealed: whether or not Giuliani wants to flip and testify against Trump to get himself out of trouble, it’s not on the table.
Meadows, who served as Trump’s Chief of Staff, and has reportedly cut a deal for immunity in the federal investigation, doesn’t have the option either.
The third defendant who has no option for a plea deal is unsurprising — Trump himself, who is accused of heading the charge to defy the will of voters and maintain power after losing the election.
However, it sounds as though any of the other defendants might have a chance. Four have already pled guilty and with three apparently on the no-plea list, that leaves a dozen people with the option. The Guardian reported:
“The individuals seen as ineligible include Trump, his former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, and Trump’s former lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Aside from those three, the Fulton county district attorney Fani Willis has opened plea talks or has left open the possibility of talks with the remaining co-defendants in the hope that they ultimately decide to become cooperating witnesses against the former president.”
Giuliani has insisted that he has no desire to flip on Trump anyway and that he’s “already cooperating” by spreading his conspiracy theories about President Joe Biden and Ukraine.
Still, he claimed, “If I had evidence that Donald Trump committed a crime…I would give it.”
He’s still free to do so — it just may not help his own case.
Instead, he could be in for a world of hurt. Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Harry Litman, responding to the reports, opined:
“If the Fulton County reports are accurate, it’s particularly devastating for Giuliani. He’s broke and now will have no leverage to plead out except for a tiny break for acceptance of responsibility. So he’ll need to spend $ he doesn’t have for a conviction he likely can’t escape.”
Steph Bazzle covers politics and theocracy, always aiming for a world free from extremism and authoritarianism. Follow Steph on Twitter @imjustasteph.
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