Donald Trump indicted: Who is Scott McAfee, the judge presiding over ex-president’s Fulton County case?

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The judge tapped to preside over the racketeering case in Fulton County, Georgia, involving former President Donald Trump and 18 other defendants joined the Superior Court of Fulton County this year.

Judge Scott McAfee’s name was included in the 98-page indictment released late Monday night. Trump was indicted on 13 charges, including racketeering, related to the 2020 election.

Judge Scott McAfee Superior Court of Fulton County

McAfee was appointed to the court by Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) this year after serving as inspector general in the Georgia Office of the State Inspector General, according to the county court’s website. He has experience as a prosecutor and in the county where the case resides, having served as an assistant United States attorney for the Northern District of Georgia and senior assistant district attorney in Fulton County in the Atlanta Judicial Circuit.

The Georgia judge will play a prominent role in the racketeering case, notably by picking the date when it will begin. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said in a Monday night press conference she is seeking a trial “within the next six months,” but it will ultimately be McAfee’s decision. Trump has already slammed a proposal by special counsel Jack Smith in a separate case against him for that trial to begin early next year, stating it would interfere with the 2024 Republican presidential primary.

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