Former President Donald Trump’s legal predicaments might intensify further as financially strained co-defendants in the Georgia case are speculated to strike deals with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.
Seasoned legal analyst Nick Akerman predicted a potential cascade of Trump’s associates, including the likes of his former attorney Rudy Giuliani, cooperating with authorities to safeguard their interests during an interview with CNN on Tuesday, August 22.
Amid Giuliani’s reported struggles to settle mounting legal debts, he listed his $6.5 million Manhattan apartment for sale, a move interpreted as an urgent attempt to mend his financial woes.
Newsweek reported on Wednesday, August 23 that Akerman believes securing legal representation for Giuliani in Georgia will prove challenging, regardless of his available funds, due to the risk of an unpaid bill echoing Trump’s pattern.
Akerman asserted that Giuliani would likely face difficulty finding a lawyer willing to take his Georgia case, as it would require a substantial upfront retainer, possibly ranging from $500,000 to $700,000.
Trump’s legal issues are expected to span a protracted period, making representation a costly commitment. “Nobody’s going to want to be the last victim in the crime wave here,” Akerman remarked, alluding to the hesitation of potential attorneys.
Co-defendants may be deterred from risking significant bills, akin to Trump’s history of unpaid legal fees. Akerman contended that many of Trump’s associates embroiled in the Georgia legal matter would be driven to cooperate due to financial constraints that hinder hiring private legal counsel.
Their circumstances could potentially compel them to seek plea deals, altering the dynamics of the case. Responding to Akerman’s insights, Trump spokesperson Steven Cheung dismissed them, labeling Akerman as “an idiot” and denying the claims.
Facing 13 felony charges linked to his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election outcome in Georgia, Trump staunchly maintains his innocence. His scheduled surrender to Atlanta authorities on Thursday, August 24 marks a pivotal moment in the case.
Jenna Ellis, a former lawyer for Trump and a fellow defendant in the Georgia proceedings confirmed via a post on the X platform (formerly Twitter) that Trump is not financially supporting the legal defense of his co-defendants.
Ellis, who is crowdsourcing her own defense, questioned why Trump’s political action committee, MAGA Inc., was not funding the legal expenses of all co-defendants.
With financial constraints weighing heavily and the specter of prolonged legal battles, the co-defendants’ choices could significantly influence the trajectory of the proceedings, as the legal saga continues to captivate public attention.