Trump Labels Georgia Indictment Witch-hunt, Wants J6 Trial Moved To 2026
Former President Donald Trump on Thursday labeled his Georgia indictment a continuation of a witch-hunt that wants to see him silenced.
The former president made the claims during an interview with anchor Larry Kudlow on Fox Business Network’s “Kudlow.” Trump, who is facing his fourth indictment, said prosecutors have caused anger among the American people.
President Trump’s full interview with Larry Kudlow 🇺🇸
PART 1 pic.twitter.com/sNJIxEZW0L
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“Sure. It’s a witch-hunt. It is just a continuation of a witch-hunt, Trump said. “They want to silence you, really silence you. And they mean silence. They are, I think they’re sick people. I think they are people that have no idea how the world works, and they have no idea the anger they cause. We have a tremendous group of people in this country, and I’m not just talking about Republicans. We have them on both sides, and we have a lot of them. Republicans can’t let them get away with it. The Republicans have to be tough.”
Trump accused Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis of bringing the indictment against him to raise money for her reelection campaign. The former president also accused other prosecutors of trying to silence him on his election claims.
BREAKING: Fulton County D.A. Fani Willis is seeking for a March 4, 2024 trial date for Donald Trump, right in the middle of election season.
They are actively interfering in the 2024 election right in front of your eyes and they don't even care.
Earlier this week, Willis acted… pic.twitter.com/Q9T7ikLjNq
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) August 16, 2023
“It’s a very sad thing when you look at it,” Trump added. “And then you look at the suppression. They want to suppress your voice. They don’t want you to ever talk about an election. If you talk about an election, they want to put you in jail .”
Special counsel Jack Smith indicted Trump on four counts relating to the January 6 Capitol protests. Following the indictment, Smith revealed that the government would seek a speedy trial, with the Justice Department opting for a January 2, 2024, start date.
Trump’s attorneys are, however, seeking a January April 2026 start date. On Thursday, Trump’s legal team filed a motion arguing that the government turned over 8.5-terabyte initial production totaling more than 11 million pages.
NEW: Trump asks for April 2026 trial date in Jan 6/2020 election case, noting "the incumbent administration has targeted its primary political opponent—and leading candidate in the upcoming presidential election—with criminal prosecution." pic.twitter.com/zScrxSi2V3
— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) August 17, 2023
“In this District, ordinary order when faced with such overwhelming discovery is to set a reasonable trial schedule, commensurate with the size and scope of discovery and complexity of the legal issues,” The memo reads. “The government rejects this sensible approach. Instead, it seeks a trial calendar more rapid than most no-document misdemeanors, requesting just four months from the beginning of discovery to jury selection. The government’s objective is clear: to deny President Trump and his counsel a fair ability to prepare for trial. The Court should deny the government’s request.”
U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan will rule on the motion on August 28.