2 Trump Co-defendants Join Meadows, Seek Federal Trial

Mark Meadows, the former chief of staff at Trump’s White House, was joined by two co-defendants in an attempt to bring their charges against him in the Georgia electoral case before a federal court.

According to The Hill former Justice Department lawyers Jeffrey Clark and Georgia Republican Party chair David Shafer have filed paperwork for the case to be transferred.

Fulton County District attorney Fani Willis charged former president Donald Trump last week and 18 other people in a 41-count indictment stemming their alleged attempts to overturn 2020 election results in Georgia.

Meadows, Clark and Shafer were the first co-defendants who attempted to transfer the case to federal courts. Federal courts would be overseen and juries would be selected from a pool of potential political balance. Meadows filed his removal notice last week.

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They will use federal defenses such as arguments relating to immunity or the First Amendment.

According to The Hill, Clark’s attorney Harry MacDougald stated that Clark was a senior official of the U.S. Justice Department at all times relevant to the Fulton County Action. The allegations made in the suit relate to Clark’s work with the Justice Department and also the former president.

Clark also claimed that the case as a whole, and not just his charges alone, should be transferred to federal courts based on precedents relevant to the case. He also wants to move the proceedings of the special grand jury.

Clark proposed that state criminal proceedings be automatically paused if the grand jury was added to the removal notice. Clark’s lawyer said that he would seek emergency relief in order to stop the state from attempting to arrest him.

According to The Hill, Clark’s lawyer wrote that “the Fulton County Action used civil proceedings to enhance the powers of an ordinary Georgia grand jury with powers of a Special Purpose Grand Jury.” This voluntary choice of the State requires that the State take the bitter and the sweet. The State cannot use civil powers to launch this case and then deny their impact.

Shafer’s lawyers wrote that the accusations against him “directly stem from his service as a presidential elector nominee acting under authority of the Constitution, and the Electoral Count Act.”

Willis gave the co-defendants a deadline of Friday to surrender voluntarily or face arrest. Scott Hall, a bail bondsman, surrendered himself to the authorities on Tuesday. He was the first co defendant to do so. John Eastman, a conservative lawyer, also surrendered himself to authorities on Tuesday. Trump has said that he will surrender on Thursday.