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There are very powerful people who do not want Trump to win the 2024 election.

Lol No, there are a lot of people that believe he should be held accountable for the crimes he committed. The same crimes that his former attorney, Michael Cohen, went to jail for.

I too am glad to see Trump finally facing justice.

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There are very powerful people who do not want Trump to win the 2024 election.

Lot of normal people too. Maybe the problem is Trump?

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No delaying this one.

And it’s not a “hush-money” case. It’s an election fraud case. He paid a porn-star to keep her quiet so that voters wouldn’t know before they voted. And then he didn’t declare it as required by law.

And as it’s a documents case, signed checks, falsified campaign statements, it’s essentially open and shut.

Is it as “important” as say stealing nuclear secrets and obstructing their recovery or trying to overthrow the government? No, of course not.

Is it a crime and is he going to face justice?

Yes it is and yes he is.

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The media magazines will give 45 a paddling. Hopefully the evidence will leave the jury with not mush room for doubt.

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covering up hush money payments to a porn star, setting the stage for the first criminal trial of a former U.S. president to begin on March 25.

MAGA

election fraud and racketeering against Trump

MAGA

But Trump is leading in the polls etc etc.

If the Democrats could just field a candidate with an actually competent and comprehensive platform that benefits the American people, as some in the left wimg of the Dems have, and have some dynamic hand gestures like in all these Trump pics, maybe the Dems could poll better.

The American voter has become very superficial by design.

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Future Felon Citizen Trump had better get used to many many days in court.

And of course he’s going to whine like a 3 year old in need of a nap.

Fortunately the administration of Justice doesn’t care about his political agenda.

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Time to heat up the popcorn!

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Judges (outside of the Supreme Court) are keeping the system moving. This is to be applauded against one of the biggest threats to democracy we've ever had.

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My only regret, and it is a big one, is that the federal cases won't be televised. Hopefully Georgia can be unblocked so we can see Trump's smiling face at the defendents table.

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There are very powerful people who do not want Trump to win the 2024 election.

The swamp.

Future Felon Citizen Trump had better get used to many many days in court. 

He’ll just re-adjust as he continues to climb in the polls

And of course he’s going to whine like a 3 year old in need of a nap. 

As he should, given the policital witch-hunt this has been.

Fortunately the administration of Justice doesn’t care about his political agenda

Why would they, look who their boss is and who they voted for. I mean….come on now…

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But Trump is leading in the polls etc etc.

Yes

If the Democrats could just field a candidate with an actually competent and comprehensive platform that benefits the American people, as some in the left wimg of the Dems have, and have some dynamic hand gestures like in all these Trump pics, maybe the Dems could poll better.

That rant sounded like an episode out of “Never Ending Story” fantasy hypotheticals

The American voter has become very superficial by design.

Well, in every blue state that is true.

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The former president faces 34 counts of accounting fraud linked to payments to porn star Stormy Daniels.

Election interference.

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MAGA gang in trouble..

The circUS is turning more funny..

Good old Joe get momentum with this..

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Watching these trials with that goofball Trump sitting in the middle is a bit like Judge Judy and the Jerry Springer Show all rolled up in one.

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Just get a different Republican. Trump people are all Jim Jones about Trump

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Trump in criminal court for Hush Hush money. How long will the trial last?

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Ok, time to get his "crack" Trump legal team to work...

You know, the ones that failed 61 times to prove election fraud...

The ones that are 1 for 12 in getting his cases delayed...

The ones that lost both his cases against E. Jean Carroll...

The ones that flipped and are cooperating with the Georgia DA...

I guess he could call Rudy, but he just dimed out Trump for stiffing him in legal fees...

https://www.businessinsider.com/rudy-giuliani-claims-unpaid-fees-donald-trump-in-bankruptcy-filing-2024-1

Everyone agrees this is the weakest of Trump's various trials...so he may get lucky here...but the election interference and classified steal/stash ones are "slam-dunks" according to two influential Repubs...

But the allegation - paying off a porn star for a fling in 2006 which is when your newborn son was home with your third wife....just shows what a despicable cretin Trump was...and still is...

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About 6 weeks.

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About 6 weeks.

In other words, we should see his first conviction well before the election. Likely before the the Republican National Convention. Good.

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There are very powerful people who do not want Trump to win the 2024 election.

Otherwise known as the electorate

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How can you run for election if you are sitting in a courthouse in Manhattan all day long," he said as he arrived.

yeah, we know. That’s why you announced your candidacy 2 years before the election. So you could claim election interference.

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Michael Cohen, his ex lawyer, went to prison for facilitating this. There's no doubt Trump was guilty of the same crime. He made the payment happen.

It's a clear open and shut case. Trump is going down.

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Evolution of the GOP-

Nixon- "I am not a crook"

Trump- "I am a crook, so what."

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Trump in criminal court for Hush Hush money. How long will the trial last?

Shouldn't even be a trial, but it is too funny to see the lengths and norms that the Dems will push and contort to try and get this man.

Too funny!

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Too bad for the cult that:

How so?

Polls don’t determine criminal liability.

No, so I hope Biden understands this and well.

The law, evidence and facts (none of which favor Orange Jesus) do.

You mean, when it is wielded by the Democrats, when Republicans control the reins of power then it’s just obstruction and over-reaching or power abuse, right? Lol

When (not if) he becomes a convicted felon, those polls they wave about will be as useful as Confederate war bonds.

Or like the Unions soldiers making a sheer decisive victory.

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The NY case was largely a formality and of no consequence except for free airtime for Trump.

The real fireworks were down in GA with the proceeding streamed live on the judge's YouTube page (Judge Scott McAfee - watch it).

Witness (1) was Wade's lawyer who invoked client-attorney privilege, supported by the state - which triggered the judge to override Wade's motion to not testify.

Witness (2) was a former friend and worker of Willis. This was where the action started - she directly and credibly contradicted Willis on the relationship. This resulted in the judge ruling Willis will have to testify. The series of defence lawyers fleshed it out brilliantly. She could even identify when and where they first met, which the state conceded is true.

Witness (3) was Wade - smug with a confident grin, his posture changed during the course of the cross examination when his pack of lies began to fall apart. There was a particular moment when he paused for what seemed like 30 plus seconds while trying to get his answer straight. The roasting of him continued after the lunch break and by the end of it his demeanor was crestfallen. No one was buying his stories.

Witness (4) Willis. This became combative and heated with raised voices. At one stage she pleaded that she was not on trial and seemed close to tears. The judge had to calm everyone down.

Key takeaway: legal observers who watched it live, from both sides of political divide, all basically say Willis and Wade are going to get blown off this case. Wade has a perjury problem now, because witness testimony directly contradicts a sworn affidavit saying he had not been in a romantic relationship. Possible other penalties including disbarment or worse.

It was a complete plane crash and a huge setback. They both can't lie straight in bed and there is at least another full day of hearings with Willis in the witness box.

Means the GA case will get reassigned from her office - a lengthy process which goes back to a state board (with input from the governor) and sent to another office - who will be forced to revisit all aspects of the case. Could be dropped at this stage or before. At a bare minimum is delays, delays and more delays.

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HopeSpringsEternal

Lawfare continues, meanwhile Joe Biden's too mentally unfit to stand for trial according to Special Counsel Hur.

No, Hur did not say that and he wouldn't have the expertise to determine that.

And did you know that Hur is Steve Bannon's lawyer: of course he is going to try to throw shade on Biden. The fact remains, Biden isn't going to trial because they don't have any evidence.

Clearly American democracy's going down the toilet,

No evidence of that at all.

pretty sure most Americans know about Stormy Daniels!

But they didn't before the 2016 election, so election interference big time here.

Media's not covering Jim Biden (Joe's younger brother) & Hunter closed door Congressional depositions this month, as Presidential Impeachment Inquiry gathers steam.

It's losing steam: the FBI informant who said that Hunter was bribing people is being charged of lying to the FBI. The whole case is falling apart.

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American voters want solutions to High Prices, Open Borders, High Crime, High Interest Rates, Global chaos and war, Inflation re-accelerating since mid 2023, etc.

Partisan Lawfare does not solve American voters' problems = nobody cares about Stormy Daniels!

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JJE

It was a complete plane crash and a huge setback. They both can't lie straight in bed and there is at least another full day of hearings with Willis in the witness box.

Means the GA case will get reassigned from her office - a lengthy process which goes back to a state board (with input from the governor) and sent to another office - who will be forced to revisit all aspects of the case. Could be dropped at this stage or before. At a bare minimum is delays, delays and more delays.

Sorry to burst your bubble, JJE, but this is just a sideshow and will not affect anything in the Georgia case against Trump.

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*The real fireworks were down in GA with the proceeding streamed live on the judge's YouTube page (Judge Scott McAfee - watch it).*

There are allegations. There is no proof.

Furthermore, a relationship is not evidence of prejudice.

Most legal experts (you know, the ones that went to law school) say that there isn’t anything like the standard to disqualify the DA.

Of course the judge will make that determination and I will respect his ruling even if I disagree.

Even IF she is disqualified, this case isn’t going away.

Trump is throwing a fit because he knows that Willis has him by the short hairs and she’s not letting go. He tried to overturn GA results and it’s on tape.

And not for nothing, but when one cheers for delays of justice, it doesn’t really bode well for the defendant.

Much like “Only mobsters take the 5th” (How many hundred times did Trump take the 5th in his civil fraud case? 400 something?), innocent defendants want their day in court asap so that they can clear their name.

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The real fireworks were down in GA with the proceeding streamed live on the judge's YouTube page (Judge Scott McAfee - watch it).

Watched it live. Brutal.

When Wade was asked if he'd ever been to a cabin with Willis, and he looked at the ceiling for about 30 seconds! Classic!

And Fani lost all credibility, if she had any to begin with. Everything paid in cash!

Right.

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2020hindsightsToday  10:11 am JST

Maybe you didn't read: W&W are going to get blown off the case. The state will become involved (including Kemp) and it will be transferred out of Fulton County.

That was a disaster for Fani Willis!

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The current stakes are this in GA: if Judge McAfee removes her from the prosecution, her entire office would be disqualified, causing major disruption to the case if not derailing it altogether.

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JJE

2020hindsights

Maybe you didn't read: W&W are going to get blown off the case.

Nope. Won't happen.

The state will become involved (including Kemp) and it will be transferred out of Fulton County.

If that happens, that would be major interference. Keep politicians out of the courts.

That was a disaster for Fani Willis!

Nope.

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That was a disaster for Fani Willis!

Who cares?

1) The trial in New York will still go on, and Trump will be convicted.

2) Even if Fani Willis is taken off the case, it doesn't mean the charges against Trump and his sycophants will be dropped.

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JJE

The current stakes are this in GA: if Judge McAfee removes her from the prosecution, her entire office would be disqualified, causing major disruption to the case if not derailing it altogether.

Yeah, but he's not going to do that.

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Too funny.

Oh, I wish it were.

Who cares?

What? Wait, huh??? Well, depends, if you believe in the rule of law and if you believe in a two-tier justice system.

1) The trial in New York will still go on, and Trump will be convicted.

And still run and can win

2) Even if Fani Willis is taken off the case, it doesn't mean the charges against Trump and his sycophants will be dropped.

Oh, there is that possibility that the case could get dropped.

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A case of the magnitude of Georgia, with the evidence already known is not going to be dismissed even if the DA is. It is not going away, if you believe so you are beyond deluded.

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What? Wait, huh??? Well, depends, if you believe in the rule of law and if you believe in a two-tier justice system.

Oh, I believe in the rule of law. It's the right that wants Trump to avoid any and call accountability for his actions.

And still run and can win

And I could win the lottery, but there is a fat chance of either of those things happening. Trump is toast, and his conviction will seal the deal. :) I mean, just imagine how dumb you'd have to be to vote for a convicted felon for president.

Oh, there is that possibility that the case could get dropped.

No there isn't. The defendant's counsel isn't even trying to have the case thrown out. More cope from Trump fans.

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 setting the stage for the first criminal trial of a former U.S. president to begin on March 25.

History in the making. Not only is Trump the only president to be impeached twice, but the first to go to criminal trial.

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Just get a different Republican. Trump people are all Jim Jones about Trump

No way, lol. They made their bed with Trump and they own him until the end.

Dems would much rather face Trump in the General than Haley, but Haley can’t win the Primary.

The flop-sweaty posters are MAGA and Russian to a one.

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Michael Cohen took a bullet for Trump and served time. Now it's the turn of disloyal Don to do some time like his loyal consigliere. Equal before the Law? Hmm.

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There is no such thing as "the swamp".

That’s like saying, the moon doesn’t exist.

The swamp, indeed, with folks like Preibus, Tillertson, Sessions, Zinke, Cohen, Mattis, Kelly, McMaster, Milley, Bolton, Epstein, Barr, Ellis, Griffin, and we can't forget Omarossa...

All selected by the Creature from the Orange Lagoon...

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if you believe in the rule of law 

which you don’t. 45 announced 2 years early so he could hopefully avoid justice by claiming election interference. This is not debatable. Your pleas of persecution aren’t worth a snot filled Kleenex.

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Willis and Wade have botched the GA case. Her former friend credibly testified that W&W began their romance in late 2019 – directly disputing prior court filings in which both claimed it began in 2022. W&W stood by that timeline when they took the stand. And this is the kicker.

Wade was comical when he claimed that he couldn't remember booking a cabin 6 months ago with his claim that he "books lots of cabins". Willis earned several rebukes from the judge for her long-winded evasive answers that descended into mini tirades/speeches. She was petulantly talking back to defense lawyers, but also to the judge, when she snapped at times.

Tomorrow will almost certainly upend the GA case.

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Willis and Wade have botched the GA case.

On an article about Trump's payoff of a porn star, all they can do is point and yell "Fani, Fani, Fani"....

And the deflection meter goes off the scale...as well as the laugh-o-meter...

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JJE

Willis and Wade have botched the GA case. Her former friend credibly testified that W&W began their romance in late 2019 – directly disputing prior court filings in which both claimed it began in 2022. W&W stood by that timeline when they took the stand. And this is the kicker.

You still banging on about this? It won't amount to anything...

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lincolnman

Willis and Wade have botched the GA case.

On an article about Trump's payoff of a porn star, all they can do is point and yell "Fani, Fani, Fani"....

Well, I could make a joke here, but the Americans probably wouldn't get it.

It just goes to show, that having an illicit affair behind your wife's (who just had your child) back with a porn star is completely fine, but a relationship between two consenting adults means the collapse of society.

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A case of the magnitude of Georgia, with the evidence already known is not going to be dismissed even if the DA is. It is not going away, if you believe so you are beyond deluded.

You don't understand the US court system. Because already some people inside the DA's office fear the disqualification of Willis could derail the entire case.

So, yeah, it could go away, especially when it's not clear if another prosecutor in Georgia would even take up the case from Willis.

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lincolnmanToday  10:59 am JST

The bottom half of the article is about the GA case, should you actually read it. It massively understates what is actually unfolding.

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The “hush money” case is so 2016.

They gonna drag out Stormy (who owes Trump money) and Cohen (convicted liar) again?

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The bottom half of the article is about the GA case, should you actually read it. It massively understates what is actually unfolding.

The deflection and laugh-o-meter just exploded...

ROFL..

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You don't understand the US court system. Because already some people inside the DA's office fear the disqualification of Willis could derail the entire case.

More like you don't know what you're talking about. The defendant's counsel, who started this whole thing, isn't even seeking to have the whole case tossed. Why? Because they know that's not happening. The worst that could happen is Fani Willis gets removed from the case. There is a slight delay, and then the case moves to trial.

It is telling that rightists get so fixated on this, and completely ignore the fact that Trump is going on trial next month. He's toast and I love it :)

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This NY case is a misdemeanor - at most it will be a fine, another speeding ticket. The prosecution have attempted to supercharge it into a felony by linking it with a federal law. This is a legally dubious kettle of fish that appeals courts will have a field day with should it come to that, however unlikely.

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And yeah that georgia case is a total disaster for the left.

Fani sure doesn’t like being held accountable for her own actions. Quite angry testimony like how dare you question me!

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A case of the magnitude of Georgia, with the evidence already known is not going to be dismissed even if the DA is. It is not going away, if you believe so you are beyond deluded.

Or it can be dismissed altogether.

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Fani sure doesn’t like being held accountable for her own actions.

Neither does Donald, but that doesn't matter. He's going on trial next month. Which is well before the election. I could have sworn someone here gloating about how Trump wouldn't go on trial before the election. :)

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Nope said he wouldn’t be convicted and through appeal process and imprisoned before the election.

you really don’t read anything even in your haste to incessantly reply to people, do you?

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We would all be so lucky if Trump was hush, hush. You know, quiet.

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The swamp, indeed, with folks like Preibus, Tillertson, Sessions, Zinke, Cohen, Mattis, Kelly, McMaster, Milley, Bolton, Epstein, Barr, Ellis, Griffin, and we can't forget Omarossa...

Add to that, Schiff, Nadler, Pelosi, AOC, the Squad, Schumer, Hillary, Brennen, Clapper, Epstein, Rice, Swalwell, Kirby, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Ohr, Comey….

Washington swamp at its worst.

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Repeat: if Fani Willis gets booted, the whole Fulton Co. DA's office will get removed from the case. Then it will get sent to a state panel that may decide to send it to another DA of their choice.

At the least long delays, at most case dropped by another DA or the state.

Recap - if McAfee boots her it won't go straight to trial by any measure. That's the deal.

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This NY case is a misdemeanor - at most it will be a fine, another speeding ticket.

lol Nope. Those are felony charges. The same felony charges that Michael Cohen got.

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Nope said he wouldn’t be convicted and through appeal process and imprisoned before the election.

lol Nope. That's not what you said and we both know it. Keep moving the goal posts. It's a good look :)

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Reality: The Republican nomination is wrapped up next week.

and no one voting for Trump is changing to the mentally fading and corrupt Joe Biden over either of these cases, conviction or not.

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“MSNBC Legal Analyst Says Fani Willis' 'Credibility Is Completely Shot'”

Willis' "credibility is completely shot" now. "Willis will be disqualified, which means her entire office is disqualified, which means the case will have to be re-assigned and languish with the PAC [Prosecuting Attorneys' Council] of Georgia, effectively killing the case."

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You don't understand the US court system. Because already some people inside the DA's office fear the disqualification of Willis could derail the entire case.

More like you don't know what you're talking about. 

Exactly.

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and no one voting for Trump is changing to the mentally fading and corrupt Joe Biden over either of these cases, conviction or not.

"Corrupt Joe" might stick better if 1) Trump wasn't on trial, and likely to be convicted before the elections, and 2) If investigators hadn't just pleaded guilty to lying about "corrupt Biden's" involvement in his son's business dealings. Oops.

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The NY charges are state based charges, related to record keeping, that can be a felony if committed to cover up another crime. This requires the prosecution office to link a crime committed under state law to one committed under federal law (campaign finance). This is the major Achilles heel of this case as a felony and basically makes it untested, and what is known as a "novel legal theory" - thereby definitely open to appeal and probably on many levels because of the mix-and-match of laws at question.

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if another prosecutor in Georgia would even take up the case from Willis.

This is not up to a private attorney. It's up to a grand jury and they have already decided

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