Fulton County prosecutors in Georgia are seeking the testimony of Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones in the upcoming 2020 election interference trial. Newly filed court documents reveal that prosecutors also aim to call Alex Hitt, the former Republican Party of Wisconsin chairman, as a witness. The trial involves two co-defendants of former President Trump, Sidney Powell and Kenneth Chesebro, who have pleaded not guilty.
The court documents indicate that prosecutors want McDaniel and Jones to testify during the trial to establish Chesebro’s involvement in the alleged election subversion plot. Chesebro faces seven criminal counts related to the alternate elector scheme, including drafting memos and sending emails outlining the strategy. Prosecutors have previously listed other witnesses, including Boris Epshteyn, a lawyer in Trump’s inner circle, and Lin Wood, an attorney who filed lawsuits seeking to overturn Trump’s 2020 election loss. Multiple pro-Trump individuals who served as alternate electors in swing states are also expected to testify.
Prosecutors argue that McDaniel spoke with Trump and attorney John Eastman, one of Chesebro’s co-defendants, on the day the alternate electors met. They claim McDaniel forwarded an email about the plan to Trump’s executive assistant. Regarding Jones, prosecutors point to video footage published by CNN in August, which appears to show Chesebro following the Infowars host during the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Prosecutors believe Jones can provide evidence of Chesebro’s involvement in the conspiracy.
During a pre-trial hearing, Chesebro and Powell’s attorneys argued that the charges should be dismissed. Chesebro’s legal team claimed that he acted solely as a lawyer, providing legal advice to fake electors without directing them. However, prosecutors contend that Chesebro’s charges are conspiracy counts, which require establishing an unlawful agreement between multiple parties.
Another pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, with the trial set to begin later this month.