Prosecutor in Georgia Trump Case Asks Judge to Jail Defendant Over ‘Intimidating Witnesses’

Caden Pearson
By Caden Pearson
November 16, 2023Trump Indictment
Prosecutor in Georgia Trump Case Asks Judge to Jail Defendant Over ‘Intimidating Witnesses’
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis speaks during a news conference at the Fulton County Government building in Atlanta, Ga., on Aug. 14, 2023. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis asked a judge on Wednesday to revoke Harrison Floyd’s bail for allegedly intimidating codefendants and witnesses in the Georgia 2020 election case.

The move would jail Mr. Floyd, who voluntarily surrendered to Fulton County Jail on Aug. 24 following a grand jury’s warrant, before being released on bond after a week.

Prosecutors are alleging in Wednesday’s filing that Mr. Floyd’s recent social media posts are intentional “flagrant violations” of his bond conditions, thereby obstructing the administration of justice, contrary to the court’s orders.

Among his release conditions were directives barring Mr. Floyd from intimidating codefendants or witnesses and restricting direct or indirect communication regarding the case, except through legal counsel, according to the filing.

Prosecutors claim that a number of Mr. Floyd’s recent posts on X, formerly Twitter, constitute witness intimidation and indirect communication with a witness.

“The Defendant’s actions demonstrate that he poses a significant threat of intimidating witnesses and otherwise obstructing the administration of justice in the future, making him ineligible for bond,” prosecutors wrote in the court filing.

In a post on Wednesday, Mr. Floyd wrote: “No one should be afraid of telling the truth, especially in America. I’ve done nothing wrong.”

Mr. Floyd, who has over 26,000 followers on X, formerly served as director of Black Voices for Trump. He pleaded not guilty to three state felonies.

He’s accused of involving Rev. Stephen Cliffgard Lee to arrange a meeting with Georgia election worker Ruby Freeman and publicist Trevian Kutti.

Mr. Lee allegedly knocked on Ms. Freeman’s door after claims of fraudulent ballots surfaced, leading her to call 911 three times. Former President Donald Trump and his allies said that Ms. Freeman and her daughter pulled ballots from a suitcase during the vote count in Fulton County.

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – SEPTEMBER 14: Judge Scott McAfee presides in Fulton County Superior Court on September 14, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. McAfee is hearing motions from attorneys representing Kenneth Chesebro and Sidney Powell. Defendants attorneys are asking the judge to give them access to transcripts of those who testified before the special purpose grand jury and to allow them to interview grand jurors who handed up the indictment.(Photo by Miguel Martinez-Pool/Getty Images)

On Wednesday, the judge overseeing the case, which has many moving parts, held a hearing regarding a protective order after video statements by four defendants were leaked and published in the media. At the hearing, attorney Jonathan Miller, who represents defendant Misty Hampton, revealed he had leaked videos.

Mr. Floyd’s attorneys said that a typo in a statement made it sound like their client was the source of the leak, and as a result, multiple media outlets contacted him.

Among the most recent posts cited in the prosecutor’s filing, on Nov. 13, Mr. Floyd questioned “why would my team leak” videos of conversations between defendant Jenna Ellis and prosecutors, “when there is better stuff?”

“For instance, Ruby Freeman’s job was the reconciliation of ballots,” he wrote. “She wasn’t even supposed to be on a scanner !!!!!!”

Ms. Willis alleges that this and several more posts “constituted an act to intimidate a known witness and indirect communication with a known witness about the facts of the case, in violation of conditions of release.”

In another post cited in the filing, on Nov. 14, Mr. Floyd shared audio, writing: “Does this sound like Ruby Freeman is being PRESSURED? Why would DA Fani Willis want to hide this from the public?”

The filing cited another Nov. 14 post in which Mr. Floyd charged that Ms. Willis “doesn’t want” the public to know that federal agents “knew & approved the meeting,” that “no threats were mentioned,” and that “Ruby Freeman was provided options for help at her discretion.”

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In this handout provided by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, leader of Black Voices for Trump Floyd Harrison poses for his booking photo on August 24, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Fulton County Sheriff’s Office via Getty Images)

Last week, Mr. Floyd requested that government agencies hand over about 145,000 Fulton County absentee ballots from 2020 and all ballot envelopes and applications, according to court papers. His lawyers also want to see the full reports regarding allegations about Ms. Freeman and her daughter.

“If at the time he believed that Trump won and it turns out that we find evidence that Trump won, he may have been justified in what he did,” said Christopher Kachouroff, Mr. Floyd’s attorney, during a recent hearing.

“Since his release from custody, the Defendant has engaged in numerous intentional and flagrant violations of the conditions of release ordered by the Court,” prosecutors wrote in their Wednesday filing.

Prosecutors said that Ms. Freeman has been a “frequent target” of Mr. Floyd’s “intimidating communications.” Ms. Willis contends that because of the posts, Ms. Freeman “has been the subject of renewed threats of violence from third parties.”

The Epoch Times has contacted Ms. Willis for comment.

From The Epoch Times

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