Georgia court pauses Trump election case amid appeal

An appeals court in Georgia on Wednesday paused a criminal case accusing Donald Trump of trying to undermine the 2020 election while it considers the former president’s bid to disqualify lead prosecutor Fani Willis, according to a court order. The order prevents the massive case against Trump and 14 co-defendants from moving toward trial while Trump appeals a judge’s ruling allowing Willis, the Fulton County district attorney, to stay on the case.

It’s a new indication that the case, one of four, is facing Trump as he tries to dethrone President Joe Biden

and return to the White House, will not go to trial before the November 5 election

. A jury in New York last week found Trump guilty of covering up a hush money payment to a porn star, a verdict Trump has vowed to appeal. The two federal lawsuits against him, alleging attempts to overturn his defeat and mishandling classified documents after he left office, have also been bogged down by legal troubles.

In the Georgia case, Trump and eight co-defendants are seeking to disqualify Willis’ office over allegations that a romantic relationship with a former top deputy would pose a conflict of interest. Prosecutors have also indicated they will appeal an earlier ruling that dropped some criminal counts in the indictment.

Fulton County Judge Scott McAfee, who is overseeing the case, previously indicated he would discuss some pretrial legal issues during the appeal, but Wednesday’s order prevents him from taking any action. It will likely take several months for the appeal to be resolved. The court earlier this week

oral argument in October.

Trump and the 14 co-defendants have pleaded not guilty to racketeering and other charges stemming from what prosecutors allege was a scheme to overturn Trump’s narrow defeat in Georgia in the 2020 election.

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