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Donald Trump, Fulton County, Fani Willis
Photo credit: Illustration by WhoWhatWhy from Gage Skidmore / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0), FultonCountyGovernment / YouTube, and Fulton County.

Apparently, Trump is in no hurry to prove that he is totally innocent and merely the victim of political persecution.

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Following his indictment of leading a conspiracy to overturn the results of the 2020 election, Donald Trump’s lawyers asked a Georgia judge to sever the former president’s case from that of those of his co-defendants who requested to exercise their right to a speedy trial.

Apparently, Trump is in no hurry to prove that he is totally innocent and merely the victim of political persecution. And he also doesn’t seem to be overly worried that the originally suggested trial date early next year would interfere with his presidential campaign.

This is especially curious in this case because, only a couple of weeks ago, Trump promised to present “a Large, Complex, Detailed but Irrefutable REPORT on the Presidential Election Fraud which took place in Georgia” based on which “all charges should be dropped against me & others,” and would result in his “complete EXONERATION!”

That seems like a neat thing to have in a case where you are facing years in prison with no chance of parole.

Especially because some of these alleged crimes were committed in plain sight or have been recorded, such as the former president’s “perfect” phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in which Trump said that all he wants to do is to find the 11,780 votes necessary for him to win the state after all.

Granted, he then scrapped his plans to unveil all of that glorious evidence at a press conference because he claimed it was no longer necessary.

See, what happened is that his “lawyers would prefer putting this, I believe, Irrefutable & Overwhelming evidence of Election Fraud & Irregularities in formal Legal Filings as we fight to dismiss this disgraceful Indictment…”

That sounds sensible.

What’s weird, though, is that these same attorneys (and their totally innocent client), are wasting this golden opportunity to go to trial in October and present this treasure trove of evidence to a jury quickly to get at least one of the cases that are pending against Trump dismissed.

That’s odd, right?

Maybe the plan is to give the information from this “Large, Complex, Detailed but Irrefutable REPORT” to his alleged co-conspirators, so surely it will see the light of day in October so they can benefit from it, which would lead to their “complete EXONERATION!”

That must be it!

In any case, Trump and his attorneys have no interest in a speedy trial for himself.

And the argument his lawyers use makes total sense. They claim that, in spite of him having all of this evidence (to be fair to his attorneys, they say nothing about that in their motion because they likely don’t want to get disbarred), they cannot possibly go to trial that soon because Trump is accused of too many crimes and his conspiracy to overturn the result of Georgia’s election is too vast.

“Respectfully, requiring less than two months preparation time to defend a 98-page indictment, charging 19 defendants, with 41 various charges including a RICO conspiracy charge with 161 Overt Acts, Solicitation of Violation of Oath by Public Officer, False Statements and Writings, Forgery, Influencing Witnesses, Computer Crimes, Conspiracy to Defraud the State, and other offenses would violate President Trump’s federal and state constitutional rights to a fair trial and due process of law,” they write in their motion.

You know what? The way they put it, it almost sounds as though all of the evidence Trump has promised to present doesn’t even exist.

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  • Klaus Marre

    Klaus Marre is a writer, editor, former congressional reporter, and director of the WhoWhatWhy Mentor Apprentice Program. Follow him on Twitter @KlausMarre.

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