The judge at the federal trial court concluded that Meadows had gone beyond the responsibilities of a White House chief of staff by actively participating in political activities for Trump’s campaign.
U.S. District Court Judge Steve Jones has ruled that Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows failed to meet the criteria for transferring his Georgia election interference case to a federal trial court. The judge found that Meadows had exceeded the responsibilities of a White House chief of staff by involving himself in political activities for Trump’s campaign.
According to an article published by Forbes, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, in his Georgia election interference case, failed to meet the threshold for moving the case to federal trial court, as ruled by U.S. District Court Judge Steve Jones.
The judge determined that Meadows had exceeded the duties of a White House chief of staff by engaging in political activities for Trump’s campaign.
This ruling could have implications for Trump, as his legal team may make a similar dismissal request. If successful, it could help Trump avoid a televised federal trial court, find a more favorable jury pool, and potentially pardon himself if reelected as president after a conviction.
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Meadows argued that, as a federal official during the alleged violation, he qualified for a statute allowing the removal of state-level prosecution to federal trial court.
According to an article published by NBC News, however, Judge Jones cited the Hatch Act, which prohibits civil-service employees from using their authority to influence elections, even though no Hatch Act violation was charged against Meadows in the federal trial court.
Other defendants in the same case, including Jeffrey Clark, Georgia state Sen. Shawn Still, Cathy Latham, and David Shafer, have also requested to move their cases to the federal trial court, anticipating a friendlier jury pool.
Hearings for some of these requests are scheduled for September 18 in the federal trial court. All 19 defendants in the Georgia election interference case have pleaded not guilty in the federal trial court, with Meadows facing charges of violating Georgia’s RICO law and soliciting a public official to violate their oath.
Trump himself faces multiple indictments as well in federal trial court.