The Georgia prosecutor pursuing a case against former President Donald Trump and others on Wednesday asked a judge to revoke the bond of defendant Harrison Floyd, saying he has been ‘intimidating witnesses and codefendants’ in the case.
Floyd, Trump and 17 others were indicted in August by a Fulton County grand jury, accused of participating in a wide-ranging scheme to illegally try to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia. Four defendants have pleaded guilty after reaching a deal with prosecutors and the rest have pleaded not guilty.
The charges against Floyd stem from allegations of harassment of Ruby Freeman, a Fulton County election worker who had been falsely accused of election fraud by Trump and his supporters.
Floyd took part in a Jan. 4, 2021, conversation in which Freeman was told she “needed protection” and was pressured to make false statements about election fraud, the indictment says.
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Prosecutors said in Wednesday’s motion to revoke his bond that he had been posting on X, formerly known as Twitter, “in an effort to intimidate codefendants and witnesses, to communicate directly and indirectly with codefendants and witnesses, and to otherwise obstruct the administration of justice.” His actions amounted to “intentional and flagrant violations” of his bond conditions, prosecutors wrote.
Chris Kachouroff, an attorney for Floyd, said District Attorney Fani Willis’ attempt to revoke his client’s bond was nonsense, adding, “She’s not going to get it granted.” He said he plans to file a motion to disqualify Willis from the prosecution “because of her personal animus against my client.”
Floyd was the only one of the 19 defendants in the case to spend time behind bars at the Fulton County Jail in August. While the other defendants in the case had their lawyers reach out to prosecutors for a bond agreement before turning themselves in at the jail, Floyd showed up on Aug. 24 without a lawyer or a bond agreement. He was released Aug. 30 after his lawyer negotiated a $100,000 bond.
The conditions of his release include not communicating directly or indirectly about the facts of the case with any of his codefendants or any known witnesses.
Prosecutors say he repeatedly attacked Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and one of his top aides, Gabriel Sterling, who are both likely witnesses in the case. In one social media post they cited, he seemed to imply that the two men had interfered in elections, lied before Congress and lied to Willis.
Freeman and her daughter, Wandrea “Shaye” Moss, were vilified and harassed by Trump supporters after lawyers for the then-president played surveillance video footage from the arena during a meeting of Georgia state lawmakers in December 2020. State and federal officials investigated and found no evidence of election fraud at the arena.