Donald Trump and his campaign were just blindsided in the worst way.
Sydney Powell, one of Trump’s co-defendants in the Fulton County election fraud case, has just pleaded guilty.
Trump’s team was stunned, now completely unsure how this will impact his case.
Powell was a big player in Trump’s challenge to the election results in Georgia.
She was one of two defendants so far that did not waive the right to a speedy trial, but now she has pleaded guilty.
Early reports stated that she pleaded guilty to six misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to commit intentional interference with performance of election duties.
Her plea allows her to avoid any prison time, receiving a deal that only required six years of probation.
Had she gone to trial and lost for the seven felony counts she faced, she may have never seen the outside of a prison wall again.
As part of her plea deal, she has also agreed to testify against other defendants in the case, which is horrifying for Donald Trump.
It was reported that the plea deal “caught Trump world by surprise, as it did all of us.”
New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman stated, “They are still trying to figure out what it means.
“There are some people in his world who are telling me they don’t think this is that big of a deal for him — they think her ability to actually really testify is marginal. They are arguing that this shows that the DA [Fani Willis] overcharged in this case.”
While this is a problem for Trump, it is not the problem that the NY fraud case is for Trump because that could put him out of business.
Haberman stated, “That’s really where the bulk of his mind share is. There’s nobody in Trump world who is pretending this is a good development. They’re just split on what exactly it means.”
If you recall, I said that prosecutors were throwing the book at defendants in the hopes of getting them to plead to lesser charges. They could care less if a single co-defendant does a single day in jail as long as they get Donald Trump.
These plea deals will all be used against Trump when his trial comes up, and that is all they are worried about right now.
When Trump professes his innocence, prosecutors can just point to all the guilty pleas in the case, which will not play well in front of a jury.