Scott Hall, a former Republican poll watcher, has agreed to testify in the Georgia election-rigging case as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. Trump is facing 13 charges in Georgia for his alleged efforts to overturn his election loss in the state to Joe Biden in 2020. He and his co-defendants face racketeering charges. Hall, a former Republican poll watcher, was accused of trying to gain access to voting equipment in Coffee County and is the first of 19 defendants to take a plea.
Hall will receive five years’ probation, pay a $5,000 fine, testify against other defendants, complete 200 hours of community service, and write a letter of apology to Georgia voters. He is also banned from future election administration. Hall admitted to travelling to Coffee County to illegally breach voting equipment to look for evidence of a rigged election. Trump lawyer Sidney Powell is also accused of participating in the breach. Ryan Goodman, former special counsel to the Department of Defence and an NYU law professor, tweeted that Hall’s plea was a “breakthrough for the Georgia DA.”
This spells bad news for Trump attorney Sidney Powell, who is also accused of participating in the breach. Former federal prosecutor Harry Litman said that the plea was a breakthrough and “the dynamic prosecutors have been looking for from the start.” Trump faces four other criminal investigations, including federal charges over his alleged attempts to overturn 2020 election results. Prosecutors are readying for at least two trials with 18 defendants in the Georgia case, including one set to begin on October 23 for Powell and Kenneth Chesebro.