Judge denies Mark Meadows’ request to move his Georgia election subversion case to federal court

Judge denies Mark Meadows’ request to move his Georgia election subversion case to federal court

A judge on Friday denied Mark Meadows’ request to move his Georgia election subversion case to federal court, ruling that the Trump White House chief of staff must fight the charges in state court instead.

U.S. District Judge Steve Jones in Atlanta issued the ruling after a hearing last week. He asked for additional information from both sides before reaching his decision.

The ruling is a big early win for Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who spent 2 1/2 years investigating and building the case against former President Donald Trump, Meadows and 17 others before obtaining the sweeping indictment under Georgia’s anti-racketeering law. She has said she wants to try all the defendants together.

A spokesperson for Willis and a lawyer for Meadows did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday evening.

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