Trump's lawyers dismiss lawsuit to force Fanni Willis to be disqualified

 August 5, 2023

Former President Donald Trump now faces three indictments, one state and two federal, with a possible fourth coming out of Georgia within a matter of weeks. 

For months, Trump's legal defense team has attempted to convince a judge that the prosecutor in the case against him in Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis, should be disqualified. They even filed suit to force a judge to decide on the matter.

But after having no luck going down that legal avenue, according to the Washington Examiner, Trump's lawyers have dismissed their current bid to challenge some of the evidence in the case and have Willis disqualified.

The announcement from Trump's lawyers came just days after a judge presiding over the grand jury in the case dismissed the attorneys' request to boot Willis from the case.

They're not done

Trump's lawyers certainly haven't abandoned their quest to hamstring Willis and the case overall, as they wrote in the motion to dismiss that they'll seek "other channels" of judicial review.

"Although the Petitioner does not agree with the Supervising Judge's analysis or ruling, there are now other channels to seek judicial review of the underlying arguments," his lawyers wrote.

The Examiner noted: "Their dismissal filing indicated a plan to appeal the decision by the presiding Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney."

It added:

Willis has indicated she will decide this month whether to ask a new grand jury to charge Trump and potentially other associates of the former president. The special purpose grand jury that Trump is seeking to quash only had advisory abilities, lacking any power to indict.

Willis seeks to possibly charge Trump over his actions after the state counted its votes after the 2020 election. One of Trump's phone calls during which he asked Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to "find 11,780 votes," additional votes is what spurred the investigation, which she launched in 2021.

"We've been working for two and a half years — we're ready to go," Will said recently, suggesting that an indictment is imminent.

Social media reacts

Trump's supporters across social media shared their own views about Willis, with some pointing out her questionable past on some judicial issues.

"Along with help from a far left Judge, she’s been able to weaponize her office to go after the former President. Normally a Grand Jury investigation has two months to conclude, yet she was allowed to run a Special Grand Jury with unlimited time and resources. She was already removed from one investigation of a Georgia official because of her partisan politics. The Judge denied Trumps request to have the case dismissed for the same reason," one X user wrote, in part.

Trump has long maintained that all of the indictments he faces, both current and in the future, are all part of a coordinated effort to hamstring his 2024 presidential campaign.

So far, it hasn't worked.


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