Donald Trump is clearly worried about the case against him in Georgia.
He made some big changes to his legal team just prior to his surrender to Fulton County officials that caught everyone’s attention.
Trump’s lead attorney in the case is now Steve Sadow, who has previously represented Usher and Rick Ross in criminal cases, reported Politico.
Sadow, who filed his paperwork on Thursday morning, will be taking over as lead attorney from Drew Findling. Sadow immediately stated that his client is “innocent of all the charges brought against him” and “should never have been indicted,” reported CNN.
My guess here is that Sadow was brought aboard for two reasons. He has better local knowledge and he has more experience in RICO cases, having represented rapper Gunna in a RICO case.
Sadow stated that RICO has “been overused for quite a long time.” He went on to say that Willis likely used RICO because it would enable her to pretty much go wherever she wanted in her investigation of Trump.
Trump traveled to Georgia on Thursday in what I believe was a very calculated move.
Trump could not take the chance of anyone having a big night in the debate and dominating several days of headlines.
The slick move here was to turn himself in the next day, killing the news cycle, which is exactly what he did.
About 10 seconds after his mugshot was published, his campaign had already slapped it on every piece of swag they have to start driving donations.
For the most part, the tactic worked, as Trump was all over the place from Thursday afternoon to Friday morning. He was still dominating the news cycle for the weekend when I wrote this report.
There was a small glitch, though, as the first polls were starting to come in post-debate, and the news was not good for Trump.
DeSantis picked up some bigtime ground and Vivek Ramaswamy, who Trump is building up to stay in the race as long as possible, has lost ground.
Nikki Haley also got a big bump, while at least three of the other candidates slipped under the threshold for the next debate.
This cycle is still young, so this may change considerably by then, but I don’t see any more than five people being on that debate stage in the second round.
Trump’s camp has, at least so far, been firm that he will not participate in any debates, but that may change if the numbers from these first polls keep trending. However, Trump would have to sign a loyalty pledge to endorse the eventual candidate to participate, and thus far, he has been unwilling to do so.