August 21, 2023

Mark Meadows Request for Georgia Court to Drop Election Charges in Trump Case

The legal team for Mark Meadows, former chief of staff to former President Donald Trump, has filed for charges against him to be dropped in a Georgia election interference case.

Meadows filed the motion on Saturday after his indictment last week by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.

"Meadows' motion cites the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, arguing that federal employees are totally immune from state charges as it relates to carrying out official actions for the federal government," the Washington Examiner reported.

"His lawyers argued whether these charges violate the Supremacy Clause 'is a simple and lenient test' and that in this case 'it is readily met here,'" it added.

"Meadows, one of 19 co-defendants named in a grand jury indictment released on Aug. 14, filed a motion the next day to remove his portion of the proceedings from Fulton County Superior Court and have it be transferred to federal court," according to a Yahoo News report.

"The 98-page indictment charged Meadows with violation of the Georgia RICO Act and solicitation of violation of oath by public officer," it added.

The Georgia case was the first Trump indictment to include numerous former Trump officials, including Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, among others.

The request to drop Meadows from the list of defendants adds to pushback against the filing that argues such a case should be tried at the federal level rather than in Georgia.

The charges also appear closely related to those in Trump's Washington indictment, leading to questions by others over whether the indictment is necessary or should be moved to federal court or dropped to focus on the Washington charges.

The volatile situation will continue to make headlines as Willis has suggested a court date just eight days before the state's primary, further adding to concerns of the political nature of the charges.

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