A federal judge has declined a request by Mark Meadows, Donald Trump’s former White House chief of staff, to have his election interference case in Georgia moved from state court to federal court.
Meadows would have faced the same felony racketeering charges in a federal court but with an advantage – a jury pool perhaps more favorable to Trump and his minions.
Breaking News: A judge rejected Mark Meadows’s bid to remove his portion of Donald Trump’s election case in Georgia to federal court. https://t.co/GLQj6tqi7p
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 8, 2023
From the New York Times:
The setback for Mr. Meadows is the first of many rulings that are expected for the Georgia defendants who are seeking to have their cases removed. Mr. Trump has not filed for removal to federal court, but he is widely expected to do so.
However, the ruling, by Judge Steve C. Jones of the Northern District of Georgia, does not bode well for those efforts.
“There is no federal jurisdiction over the criminal case,” Judge Jones, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, wrote in his ruling. “The outcome of this case will be for a Fulton County judge and trier of fact to ultimately decide.”
Some have speculated that Trump was waiting to see how Meadows’s request would work out before he tried the same maneuver.
Meadows has already filed an appeal on today’s decision.
Read more at the Times.
BREAKING NEWS: The federal court’s denial just now (Friday 9/8 at 6 pm) of Mark Meadows’ effort to remove the Georgia prosecution from state court is a massive victory for the rule of law. And it’s a huge defeat for Trump’s hopes to evade Georgia justice.
— Laurence Tribe 🇺🇦 ⚖️ (@tribelaw) September 8, 2023
.@JoyceWhiteVance on a judge declining to remove Mark Meadows' case to federal court: "Trying to help you boss steal an election is not part of the chief of staff's official duties in serving the presidency." #TheReidOut pic.twitter.com/Lhd5qjEfzr
— The ReidOut (@thereidout) September 8, 2023