Attorney says Chesebro testimony 'changes the whole perspective' of election interference case

Trump lawyers Kenneth Chesebro (left) and Sidney Powell (right) both pleaded guilty in the Georgia election interference case as jury selection for their trial started to get underway. (L: Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo, R: Alyssa Pointer/Pool Photo via AP)

Friday’s last-minute plea deal for Trump campaign adviser Kenneth Chesebro follows Thursday’s guilty plea for Trump lawyer Sidney Powell in the Georgia election interference trial. This breaking development comes as the defense and prosecution were examining hundreds of potential Fulton County jurors.

Chesebro, who proposed the “fake elector” plan, is pleading guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to commit filing false documents. Powell pleaded guilty to six misdemeanor charges of conspiracy to commit intentional interference with performance of election duties. Marietta-based Criminal Defense Attorney David West said getting Chesebro and Powell’s testimonies are a big get for Fulton County prosecutors.

“This changes the whole perspective of the way this case is going to go,” said West.

West added this latest development will send a big signal to the remaining defendants to work with the state on a plea bargain, as well as sending a “chilling message” about what Powell and Chesebro will admit to.

“Getting Sidney Powell in certainly gave them a benefit as far as the kinds of things that she may be anticipated to say,” said West. “But Kenneth Chesebro is like the #5 player in this thing. If Sidney Powell would have been a piranha to the other attorneys, Kenneth Chesebro is going to be a great white shark.”

West predicts Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis will ask the judge to schedule a court date for former President Trump and the remaining defendants in the case to utilize the jury selection that had just got underway for Chesebro.