Trump Co-Defendant Warns He’ll File Legal Action Against Fani Willis Soon

Trump Co-Defendant Warns He’ll File Legal Action Against Fani Willis Soon
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis testifies during a hearing in the case of the State of Georgia v. Donald John Trump at the Fulton County Courthouse in Atlanta on Feb. 15, 2024. (Alyssa Pointer-Pool/Getty Images)

A defendant in the Trump classified documents case said that he will give Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis until Monday to recuse herself, otherwise he will pursue legal action amid allegations she illegally recorded his lawyer’s phone call.

Last week, the attorney for defendant Harrison Floyd alleged in an interview that Ms. Wills recorded a call between her and one of his Maryland-based colleagues without their knowledge or consent.

“She did reach out to us, one of my colleagues in Maryland, and was rude, abrupt with him on the phone, and he was dealing with the Maryland case and I was dealing with the Georgia case, and she ended up recording him,” Mr. Kachouroff said in the interview. He added that under Maryland law, “it’s a felony” to record someone without both parties’ consent.

After the allegations surfaced, Mr. Floyd wrote on social media, “I don’t want to put a black woman in jail” but if Ms. Willis “does not recuse herself from this case by noon on Monday, I may have no other choice than to pursue all lawful remedies. Make Fulton Great Again.”

Ms. Willis has not publicly responded to the allegations, while several local news outlets have said her office has not responded to a request for comment. The Epoch Times contacted the Fulton County District Attorney’s office for comment on Friday.

Neither Mr. Floyd nor Mr. Kachouroff provided more details about the phone call, including what it was about or when it occurred.

Maryland is one of 11 states that require two-party consent in order for a phone call or electronic communication to be recorded. Under Maryland’s Wiretap Act, recording a conversation without consent can be punishable by upwards of five years in prison or a fine of up to $10,000 or both.

Georgia, meanwhile, is a one-party consent state, meaning that a phone call can be recorded without the other party’s consent. Notably, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger reportedly recorded a phone call he had with President Donald Trump after the 2020 election regarding voter fraud.

Mr. Floyd, along with more than a dozen others, was indicted by Fulton County on charges stemming from alleged efforts to illegally overturn the 2020 election. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and has maintained that voter fraud was conducted in the county during the election.

Specifically, he has been charged with conspiracy to solicit false statements, influencing witnesses, and racketeering. He was also accused of assaulting two FBI agents during an encounter near his home in Maryland, which he denies as well.

Mr. Floyd, a former “Black Voices for Trump” leader, turned himself in on a bond agreement on Aug. 24, 2023, before he was released on Aug. 30, 2023. At one point, he was the only Trump co-defendant to be kept in jail.

In Georgia, the charges against Mr. Floyd stem from allegations of harassment of Ruby Freeman, a Fulton County election worker who had been accused of election fraud. Prosecutors said that Mr. Floyd took part in a Jan. 4, 2021, conversation in which Ms. Freeman was told she “needed protection” and was pressured to make false statements about election fraud.

Other Controversy

Ms. Willis, meanwhile, has faced allegations that had threatened to get her disqualified from the case, stemming from her relationship with a special counsel in the Trump case. Both Ms. Willis and the prosecutor, Nathan Wade, confirmed the relationship but denied they engaged in a conflict of interest that allowed them to financially benefit from his employment in the district attorney’s office.

The judge in the case, Scott McAfee, issued an order last month telling Ms. Willis that either she must step down or Mr. Wade must leave the case. Hours later, Mr. Wade resigned from the office, but said in a letter that the defendants were not able to prove the allegations that they engaged in a conflict of interest.

Ms. Willis has shown no indication that she will recuse herself. During an interview with CNN after the judge’s order, she said that the case is still moving forward against President Trump and the other defendants.

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Defendant Harrison Floyd (L), a leader in the organization Black Voices for Trump, listens as Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis addressed the court during a hearing related to the Georgia election indictments, in Atlanta on Nov. 21, 2023. (Dennis Byron/Hip Hop Enquirer via AP)

In a recent order, Judge McAfee rejected an argument submitted by President Trump’s lawyers that the First Amendment protects his political speech following the 2020 election. The 45th president, in court papers, argued that he is being illegally punished for attempting to petition Congress into not certifying then-candidate Joe Biden as the winner in Georgia’s election.

“The defense has not presented, nor is the Court able to find, any authority that the speech and conduct alleged is protected political speech,” the judge ruled last week.

Attorneys for the former president signaled to news outlets that they are likely going to appeal the judge’s ruling in the near future. They also recently appealed Judge McAfee’s order that left Ms. Willis’s role as prosecutor in the case intact.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

From The Epoch Times

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