Former President Donald Trump’s criminal trial in Georgia may need to move to a larger courtroom to accommodate more attendees, according to Judge Scott McAfee. The judge announced that all proceedings involving Trump and his 18 co-defendants would be broadcast on the Fulton County Court YouTube channel, following the precedent set by Fulton Judge Robert McBurney.
The question of whether the criminal trial brought by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis would be televised has been hanging over the sweeping racketeering case.
Media experts have predicted that a televised Trump trial could rival Super Bowl viewership and speculated about whether having the proceedings broadcasted would work in or against Trump’s favor. McAfee said the best way to make the trial available to the media would be to stream it and allow some outlets into the room with their own cameras. He also said he would be open to an overflow room for journalists, should the members of press exceed the room’s capacity.
Georgia’s courtroom transparency is one of the key reasons the defendants named in the RICO indictment want to try to move their cases to federal court. Trump pleaded not guilty to the 13 charges handed to him by a Fulton grand jury while waiving the right to an arraignment, meaning he won’t return to Atlanta next Wednesday.