Trump Co-Defendant Kenneth Chesebro enters guilty plea

October 20, 2023

Kenneth Chesebro, the first co-defendant to go to trial in the racketeering case surrounding 2020 election interference in Georgia, entered a guilty plea on Friday.

Chesebro, along with former President Trump, is among 19 co-defendants who were indicted by a grand jury on racketeering and other charges related to attempts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election victory for President Biden, following a more-than two-year investigation by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.

Chesebro’s guilty plea came as jury selection was set to begin in his trial Friday. 

As part of his plea agreement, Chesebro has agreed to testify against the other co-defendants. He gave a proffer to prosecutors this morning and will turn over all emails and text messages.

Also as part of the deal, Chesebro agreed to serve five years’ probation and 100 hours of community service, pay a fine of $10,000, and write a letter of apology to the people of Georgia for his actions. 

Along with racketeering Chesebro’s charges in the case were related to his having drafted official memos suggesting the use of so-called “alternate electors” to prevent then-President-elect Biden from receiving 270 electoral votes in the 2020 election.

His defense team has previously acknowledged that he drafted the memos at the center of his conduct, but had said his actions were justified since Chesebro was “fulfilling his duty to his client as an attorney.”

As part of his plea deal, he pleaded guilty to one felony count of filing false documents.

Chesebro is the third Trump co-defendant to enter into a guilty plea deal. On Thursday, co-defendant and fellow former Trump attorney Sidney Powell—who was supposed to be tried alongside Chesebro—pleaded guilty to the charges against her. And last month Atlanta bail bondsman Scott Hall was the first co-defendant to plead guilty.

PHOTO: Judge Scott McAfee’s Zoom camera during Chesebro plea deal hearing, Friday

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