Today a federal judge hears arguments on Mark Meadows’ motion to transfer his Georgia election case
A high-profile hearing in the Georgia election interference case is scheduled to take place in federal court on Monday.
Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadow was one of 19 people indicted by the Fulton County Grand Jury for conspiring to overturn the 2020 election here in Georgia. Former President Donald Trump has also been charged.
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Meadows faces two counts of violating a Georgia RICO law and soliciting a breach of oath by a public servant. Meadows surrendered to the Fulton County Jail Thursday and was released on $100,000 bail.
Meadows and his attorneys filed a motion to transfer his case from state court to federal court arguing that the charges “all occurred during his term of office and as part of his service as chief of staff” and should therefore be dismissed.
Fanny Willis and the Fulton County District Attorney’s office argue that Meadows violated the Fulton County statute Hatch Law And that the issue should remain at the state level. Willis issued subpoenas for Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Detective Francis Watson to appear at the hearing.
Meadows was involved in the now-famous Trump-Rafensburger phone call, in which the former president pressed Raffensburger to overturn the election results and his 11,000-vote lead.
A week earlier, Meadows allegedly arranged another phone call between Trump and Watson, whose team was overseeing the audit of the Cobb County autograph match. During the signature match vetting process in December 2020, Meadows showed up unannounced, stayed for about 20 minutes, and left without speaking to the media.
A federal judge has scheduled a hearing for Monday at 10 a.m. in Atlanta to hear arguments in Meadows’ motion.
Meadows is not the only defendant named in the indictment to have applied to have his case transferred to federal court. He also introduced former US Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark, Georgia State Senator Sean Steele, former Georgia GOP chair David Schaeffer and former Coffee County GOP leader Kathy Latham.
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