The way a federal judge rules on former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows’ request to have his case moved out of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ jurisdiction will likely have a profound impact on a similar request made by the legal team of his former boss, Donald Trump.

Meadows, who was indicted on racketeering and other charges by Willis, along with Trump and 17 others, filed a petition with U.S. District Judge Steve Jones this week to have his case moved out of the local court, claiming his alleged actions occurred while he was in the employ of the federal government.

If he successfully moves the case, Meadows will likely ask the federal court to dismiss the case based on immunity granted by Trump before the former president left office.

“The decision by Jones would have massive implications for Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis who has staked her career and political future on prosecuting Trump and his allies for allegedly attempting to overturn the results of Georgia’s 2020 election,” noted Trending Politics.

The Hill noted further that if Meadows is successful, it will become much easier for Trump to move his case to a federal court as well.

“If Jones does permit Meadows to remove, it won’t be on the strength of Meadows’s legal argumentation. It will be because of the atmospherics of the case,” Lee Kovarsky, a law professor at the University of Texas, told The Hill.

“And because it will be because of the atmospherics of the case, it seems likely that he would also permit Trump to remove, notwithstanding the specifics of the legal argument,” Kovarsky noted further.

The Hill added:

Meadows and his 18 co-defendants are charged with racketeering, which enabled prosecutors to weave together an alleged months-long conspiracy to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election result to help keep Trump in power.

Prosecutors outlined 161 acts they say are part of the conspiracy, and Meadows is mentioned in eight. The list includes meetings with state legislators, Meadows’s attempt to observe a signature match audit during a Georgia trip and calls he set up between state election officials and Trump.


Meadows has disputed the substance of some of the allegations.

Regarding one of those calls, during which Trump reportedly asked Georgia’s top election official, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find 11,780 votes,” the former chief of staff also has been charged with soliciting a public officer to violate their oath, The Hill added.

While Jones, a Barack Obama appointee, considers the case, he has already indicated that at least some, but not all, allegations against Meadows would likely qualify for removal to federal court, leaving Meadows’ legal team and Fulton County prosecutors battling over whether it’s enough to switch jurisdictions.

“[B]ased on the Notice of Removal and the record before the Court, each one of these charged acts has a sufficient connection to Mr. Meadow’s official duties to support removal,” wrote his attorneys in court filings last week.

“But based on the black-letter law outlined above, the Court need not reach that conclusion to permit removal. If the Court finds that any charged conduct relates to Mr. Meadow’s official duties, that is the end of the inquiry; removal must be permitted,” they continued.

The legal dispute hinges on three key aspects: Meadows must demonstrate that he held a federal officer position, that the accusations pertain to actions carried out “under color of such office,” and that he possesses a credible federal defense.

Both sides agree on the first point but are sharply divided over the last two aspects.

“Count 1 of the Indictment (pertaining to Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), O.C.G.A. § 16-14-4(c)) contains a number of overt acts attributed to Mr. Meadows. Would a finding that at least one (but not all) of the overt acts charged occurred under the color of Meadows’s office, be sufficient for federal removal of a criminal prosecution,” Jones asked in the order, per The Hill.

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