Georgia prosecutors want Trump’s co-defendant jailed for witness intimidation

One of Donald Trump's co-defendants in the Georgia election meddling case could be headed back to prison after repeatedly violating the terms of his release, prosecutors in Atlanta said.

A filing from Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis' office alleges Harrison Floyd, the leader of Black Voices for Trump, has “engaged in a scheme of intimidation” against his co-defendants and witnesses since he was released on bail in August.

Floyd, like his co-defendants, was charged under the state's racketeering statute for allegedly participating in a criminal enterprise to reverse Trump's loss of the state in the 2020 presidential election. He is also charged with conspiracy to commit false statements and writings and witness influence.

The conditions of his release prohibited him from intimidating co-defendants and witnesses and from communicating “in any way, directly or indirectly, about the facts of the case” with any co-defendant or witness, except through his counsel.

Prosecutors say he has since “engaged in numerous willful and egregious violations of his parole conditions,” including multiple social media posts about plea deals for co-defendants Jenna Ellis and Sydney Powell and posts about Georgia election officials who are witnesses in the case .

She has also repeatedly posted about an election official who is a witness in the case and who has faced a wave of harassing messages and abuse after Trump, Rudy Giuliani and others reinforced false allegations about her.

Mr. Floyd's actions “demonstrate that he poses a significant threat to intimidate witnesses and otherwise obstruct justice in the future, making him ineligible for bond,” according to prosecutors.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and is the only co-defendant in the case who has served time in prison for those charges.

After surrendering to authorities in August, Mr. Floyd was held in the Fulton County Jail for several days until his $100,000 consent bond order was approved by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee.

The filing by Ms. Willis' office also follows the release of videotaped interviews between prosecutors and Ellis, Powell and Kenneth Chesebro, the three Trump-allied lawyers who pleaded guilty to crimes related to her election-tampering case. Georgia.

Ms. Willis sought a protective order that would have prohibited the parties in the case from leaking evidence. During a courtroom hearing Wednesday, Judge McAfee indicated he was likely to issue an order protecting the release of “sensitive materials” connected to the case.

Jonathan Miller, an attorney for co-defendant Misty Hampton, admitted during the hearing that he shared the videos of the offer with a media outlet.

Her attorney argued that defendants who took plea deals did so publicly and argued that withholding the offers misleads the public.

Judge McAfee said he would enact a limited protective order, similar to the one proposed by lawyers for co-defendant David Shaffer and supported by all parties in the case – except one.

Mr. Floyd's lawyers were the only lawyers for the co-defendants to oppose the order.

The independent sought comment from Mr. Floyd's lawyers.