Trump co-defendant takes digs at former president in requesting speedier timeline in Georgia election case

Ex-Trump attorney John Eastman urged the court to set an earlier final plea date, calling the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office proposal of June 21 “arbitrary and capricious.”

John Eastman, a co-defendant of Donald Trump in the Georgia election interference case, appeared to take a dig at the former president in a filing Monday that pressed the court for a faster schedule next year.

In the filing, Eastman attorney Wilmer Parker III said that the final plea date should be set earlier in the year “so that Defendants who do not have lifetime United States Secret Service protection and who are not running for election to an office can exercise and have their right to a jury trial completed within 2024.”

Scheduling an earlier final plea date and severing the defendants into two groups would allow “more than enough time” for the court to try two trials without Trump, Parker argued. Prosecutors are seeking to try all the defendants together.

“Without Defendant Trump in the courtroom the U.S. Secret Service will not be involved in providing enhanced security, and the trials will proceed faster,” Parker wrote.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis this month requested an Aug. 5 start date for the trial and a final plea hearing date of June 21. She argued that the proposed timeline “balances potential delays from Defendant Trump’s other criminal trials…and the other Defendants’ constitutional speedy trial rights.”

Eastman’s attorney wrote Monday that “waiting until June 21 … is both arbitrary and capricious.”

A spokesperson for the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office nor a campaign spokesperson for Trump responded to requests for comment Monday.

Trump’s lawyers have opposed Willis’ proposal and asked for a hearing to argue against her motion.

Trump has pushed unsuccessfully to delay various legal challenges until after the election, arguing that earlier trial dates amount to election interference. His federal election interference case is scheduled to begin in March, while his classified documents case is slated for May.

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Trump Mugshot Released After Surrendering in Georgia

Former President Donald Trump‘s mugshot has been released Thursday night.

The photo comes after Trump surrendered in Georgia after flying out of an airport in New Jersey. Jail records listed Trump as 6-foot-3 and at 215 pounds.

Trump, who served as the nation’s commander-in-chief from 2016 to 2020, has been booked on more than a dozen charges related to an alleged plan to overturn the results of the 2020 Presidential Election in Georgia.

The Georgia arrest marked the fourth criminal case against Trump since March 2023. Trump is the first former U.S. President to be indicted. In addition to the Georgia case, he also faces federal charges in Florida and Washington, D.C.

Trump is now in custody at Fulton County jail. A federal judge set up a Sept. 18 hearing for former Department of Justice official Jeffrey Clark’s motion to move the Georgia case to federal court, according to FOX 11’s sister station WAGA-TV.

Earlier in the week, Rudy Giuliani had his mugshot released to the public after the former New York City Mayor turned himself in over the alleged push to overturn the 2020 Presidential Election results. Giuliani and Trump join 17 others who were indicted earlier in the month.

Giuliani is accused of spearheading Trump’s efforts to compel state lawmakers in Georgia and other closely contested states to illegally appoint electoral college electors favorable to Trump.

Giuliani has since been released from jail after posting bond. Like the former NYC Mayor, Trump is also back on the streets after posting bond.

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