Mark Meadows has been denied his request to transfer the 2020 election from a Georgia State Court to a Federal court.
Former White House Chief of Staff under former President Donald Trump is one of 19 defendants who face charges following Fulton County District attorney Fani Willis’s investigation into the alleged attempts by the former president to reverse the results of Georgia’s 2020 election.
Meadows argued that his case should be heard in federal court, as his charges were related to actions he performed in his official capacity as an official in the Trump administration.
The ruling of U.S. district judge Steve Jones was a 49-page decision that stated Meadows’ duties did not include “working with or for the Trump Campaign, except to coordinate the President’s calendar, travel with the President to events for his campaign, and redirect communications to the campaign.” According to his testimony, federal statutes, and regulations, engaging in political activities exceeds the outer limit of the Office of the White House Chief of Staff.
Meadows is charged with two counts of a 41-count criminal indictment against Trump and his cronies. All 18 defendants face at least one charge of violating Georgia RICO Act, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
Meadows was also charged with soliciting a public official to violate his oath in relation to the infamous phone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary Brad Raffensperger in 2020, in which Trump requested the elections chief “find” missing ballots to allow him to overcome Biden’s deficit in Georgia.
He denied any wrongdoing and claimed that the conduct charged was protected by his position as chief of staff for the president.