Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis had a heated exchange with Harrison Floyd, a co-defendant in the criminal racketeering case against former President Donald Trump in Georgia.
The case, led by Willis, centers on allegations surrounding Trump’s “efforts to overturn the 2020 election results” in the state. During the proceedings, Willis directed Floyd to “shut his mouth” according to Newsweek, a remark that came as a judge dismissed her request to incarcerate Floyd over his social media activities.
“It is unfair to those witnesses,” Willis said on Tuesday in court. “And there are real consequences for allowing defendants to intimidate witnesses.”
Floyd, previously associated with Black Voices for Trump, faces charges for his alleged role in a campaign harassing Atlanta election worker Ruby Freeman. Willis accused him of using social media to intimidate witnesses, a move she argued was a blatant violation of his bond agreement. This agreement, set in August after Floyd spent five days in jail, restricts him from contacting co-defendants or potential witnesses in the case.
“What’s going on in that jail, I’ve seen worse conditions in Iraq,” Floyd told Greg Kelly earlier this year. “When I went to my cell for the first time, there was fecal matter smeared on one of the walls. The first morning that I woke up, the guy in the cell next to me was being tased.”
Despite Willis’s assertions, Judge Scott McAfee ruled that while Floyd did technically breach his bond terms, the situation warranted a modification of the bond to better address the complexities of social media interactions.
Trump has pleaded not guilty to multiple counts, including racketeering and perjury, in his election interference case. Floyd, a staunch ally of former Trump, played a significant role in assisting the former president in challenging the 2020 election results in Georgia.
Floyd was the sole defendant among 19 others in the case who did not receive a consent bond order, which would have allowed him to make a plea and subsequently leave. This was further corroborated by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
On the day of his surrender, Floyd took to social media, posting a video of himself driving into Atlanta. The caption accompanying the video read, “Lord Protect Me While Im in These Streets.”
Floyd faces charges of violating Georgia’s RICO Act, conspiracy to commit solicitation of false statements and writings, and influencing witnesses. The indictment against him alleges that he attempted to persuade election worker Ruby Freeman to declare misconduct in the election.
In a separate incident earlier this year, The Washington Post reported that Floyd was charged in May over an altercation that took place in February of this year. During the incident, Floyd allegedly assaulted an FBI agent who was serving him a subpoena at his residence in Rockville, Maryland.
The subpoena was related to special prosecutor Jack Smith’s investigation into Trump. Floyd’s defense claims he was acting in self-defense, asserting that the agents did not show proper credentials during the encounter. The charges are based on Georgia’s RICO statute, typically used to target individuals engaged in organized crime. It allows a prosecutor to combine multiple suspected crimes into one charge: racketeering.