(FixThisNation.com) – U.S. District Judge Steve Jones rejected Mark Meadows’, the former Trump White House Chief of Staff, push to have his case moved from a state to a federal court. Meadows was charged in the Georgia election interference case along with 18 others, including former President Donald Trump.
In the 49-page ruling, Jones rejected Meadows’ argument that the case should be moved to a federal court because at the time he had been acting in his capacity as the then-Chief of Staff.
Fani Willis, the Fulton County District Attorney who has brought forward the case against Meadows has opposed the attempts made by defendants, including Meadows to have their cases moved from the state to the federal court.
In the ruling Jones pointed out that the allegations in the case against Meadows pertain to his political activities that were outside of his role and work. He added that Meadows did not manage to meet his burden and show that the case against him would be dismissed under the federal officer removal statute. Only hours after this ruling Meadows filed an appeal to the 11th Circuit.
In August Meadows was charged with two counts in Georgia as part of the racketeering case. However, if his appeal is successful then he will not need to make his defense in state court. If he manages to get the case moved to the federal court then the jury pool would also be expanded and would not need to be selected from the predominantly Democratic Fulton County. It would also block the broadcasting of the trial.
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