The Fulton County DA fought back when one of the defendants in former President Trump’s case attempted to move the charges out of the county.
Here are the details of the news.
Willis fights back against Meadows’ push to remove charges from Fulton
Georgia Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis fights back against Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadow’s attempt to move the charges from Fulton to federal court.
Willis recently brought about an indictment against Meadow and 18 others for their alleged involvement in former President Donald Trump‘s case related to overturning the 2020 Presidential election in the State.
According to the Fulton prosecutors, Meadows has violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from engaging in political activity while holding office.
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In a new, 22-page court filing on Wednesday, Willis and one of her deputies, Donald Wakeford, wrote, “An evaluation of the actions named in the indictment makes clear that all of them were intended to ‘interfere with or affect’ the presidential election in Georgia and elsewhere in order to somehow transform Mr. Trump from an unsuccessful candidate into a successful one.”
The filings added, “The activities are precisely the type which other courts have already determined to be ‘unofficial’ and therefore beyond the color of the defendant’s office, and he can point to no presidential authority that would bring the activities within the scope of his official duties.”
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The new court document came after Meadow and co-defendant Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official, requested the court to move the criminal charges from Fulton County to federal court in an attempt to delay the arrest.
He argued that his case deserves to move to federal court as the charges against him in Willis’ indictment occurred while he was working as White House chief of staff.
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His attorneys wrote, “Nothing Mr. Meadows is alleged in the indictment to have done is criminal per se: arranging Oval Office meetings, contacting state officials on the President’s behalf, visiting a state government building, and setting up a phone call for the President.
One would expect a Chief of Staff to the President of the United States to do these sorts of things. And they have far less to do with the interests of state law than, for example, murder charges that have been successfully removed.”
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However, the federal judge dismissed the plea to move the case. In his ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Steve Jones wrote, “The clear statutory language for removing a criminal prosecution does not support an injunction or temporary stay prohibiting District Attorney Willis’s enforcement or execution of the arrest warrant against Meadows.” The judge has set the date for the case hearing as August 28, 2023.
On Tuesday, Willis fought back, writing in a federal court filing, “Lawfully arresting the defendant on felony charges after allowing the defendant ample time to negotiate a surrender neither deprives the defendant of the ability to seek removal nor does it impact this Court’s jurisdiction to consider removal.”
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There seems to be a legal battle this week between Meadow’s attorneys and Willis in which his legal team is adamant about delaying the arrest and extending the deadline till his case is moved to the federal court so that he would not have to surrender in the county while Willis is trying to follow all legal means to keep charges against Meadow heard in the county.
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