What happens now after Donald Trump’s guilty plea and when will he be sentenced?

Trump’s legal team has argued unsuccessfully that Fani Willis, a prosecutor in Georgia, should not bring charges against him and that a grand jury report should be thrown out.

The grand jury spent eight months questioning about 75 witnesses and last year submitted a comprehensive report on Trump’s conduct.

Trump surrendered to a Georgia jail in August to be arrested on the charges after his bail was set at $200,000 and came with strict conditions.

The judge has not yet set a trial date for Mr Trump, but Ms Willis has proposed that court proceedings for the remaining defendants begin on August 5, 2024.

If successful, it would mean the process would begin just months before the US presidential election in November.

That timeline has been called into question amid allegations that Ms. Wallis faced a conflict of interest because of her romantic involvement with attorney Nathan Wade, whom she hired to manage the case.

Mr. Wade, who earned nearly $700,000 from his work on the case, took the prosecutor on expensive vacations in 2022 — including a cruise with his mother. Ms Willis denied any conflict of interest and said she had paid Mr Wade back in cash.

Mr. Wade eventually stepped aside following a ruling by Judge Scott McAfee, who found no conflict but criticized Ms. Willis’ “massive” error in judgment and “unprofessional manner” while testifying.

Trump subsequently announced he would challenge the decision not to fire Ms. Willis, which a Georgia appeals court agreed to in May.

The developments have put a trial date even further in jeopardy – and if Ms Willis is removed from the case, Georgia will have to find another prosecution team. A trial before November’s presidential election now seems unlikely.

Aside from Georgia, Mr. Trump has been charged with four criminal counts over the events leading up to the riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

A 45-page indictment filed by Special Counsel Jack Smith accused him of trying to overturn “the legitimate results” of the 2020 presidential election.

He reportedly did this by pressuring officials in swing states where he had lost to rally “fake voters” to override the popular vote, and by pushing the Justice Department to open “sham” election investigations .

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