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Former Trump lawyer requests probation change for travel due to election investigations

Kenneth Chesebro speaks to Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee during a hearing where Chesebro accepted a plea deal from the Fulton County District Attorney at the Fulton County Courthouse Friday, Oct. 20, 2023 in Atlanta. Alyssa Pointer/AP

Former Trump lawyer requests probation change for travel due to election investigations

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An ex-attorney for former President Donald Trump‘s 2020 election challenge efforts is requesting changes to his probation conditions in Fulton County, Georgia, citing open investigations across the country that require his attention.

Kenneth Chesebro, a lawyer charged alongside Trump and 17 others in the sweeping racketeering case, took a plea deal from prosecutors last month and received probation. A new brief filed by Chesebro tells the judge that he needs to travel to meet with counsel investigating 2020 election interference in Arizona, Nevada, and the District of Columbia.


“Mr. Chesebro’s probation officer has asked for us to obtain an order to authorize this travel,” his lawyers wrote in a motion on Monday.

The motion comes amid recent reports that Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford and Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes have been investigating the 2020 “alternate electors” scheme, which is what Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis accused Chesebro of having a hand in devising in order to offset Trump’s election defeat in the Peach State.

The scheme involved local Republican operatives in various battleground states who created slates of “fake” electors to contest Trump’s election defeats during the Electoral College vote weeks after the election. Such schemes were attempted in Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Separate from the Georgia case, Trump is charged at the federal level in a four-count indictment by special counsel Jack Smith in Washington, D.C., for alleged attempts to overturn the election results nationally, and a trial is scheduled for spring of next year. Chesebro is widely believed to match the description of Co-Conspirator 5 in the federal case, though he is not facing any charges from Smith.

Chesebro also drafted a memo to overturn election outcomes following Trump’s 2020 defeat. The memo featured in the House Jan. 6 committee’s final report, which pointed out his plans to push the alternate electors scheme in Arizona, Nevada, and other battleground states.


On Oct. 20, Chesebro became the third co-defendant to take a plea deal. His agreement with prosecutors lowered his previous charges to six misdemeanor counts in exchange for his truthful testimony. Four co-defendants have taken such offers from prosecutors, leaving Trump and 14 others still awaiting their day in court as they maintain their innocence.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee will decide whether to adjust Chesebro’s probation terms to allow him to travel to other states. His current condition permits him to travel between Georgia and his residences in New York City and Puerto Rico.

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