Donald Trump working to move his Georgia indictment to a federal court

 September 8, 2023

Former President Donald Trump notified Georgia Superior Court judge Scott McAfee that he may seek to move his election interference indictment to a federal court on Thursday.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis's indictment against Trump for trying to overturn the outcome of the 2020 presidential election has been explicitly political and Trump feels that he will get a fairer trial in a federal court.

In a notice to Judge McAfee, Trump's attorney Steven Sadow said "President Trump hereby notifies the Court that he may seek removal of his prosecution to federal court under 28 U.S.C. §§ 1442 & 1455. His written waiver of arraignment was filed on August 31, 2023. To be timely, his notice of removal must be filed within 30 days of his arraignment."

The biggest benefit for moving the case would be immunity protections for federal officials that will help Trump and his numerous co-defendants.

Getting away from Willis

Trump and his eighteen co-defendants were charged with a laundry list of crimes by Willis, many of which were immediately decried for the dangerous precedent that they would set with a conviction.

Trump and his allies are being charged with violating the Georgia RICO Act, solicitation of violation of oath by a public officer, false statements and writings, and even impersonating a public officer.

There are even more charges that Trump and his allies are facing as Willis is making her case as expansive and overwhelming as possible.

Willis seems to be convinced that even if Trump beats the major charges, there is a strong chance of her getting a conviction on a minor charge which would be a massive win boosting her national profile.

Trump's strategy is similar to his former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows who is also working to get his case moved to the federal level.

If Trump succeeds in moving his case, Willis's strategy of nailing Trump on some small charges seems like it has less of a chance of succeeding.

Case of the decade

Donald Trump's indictment in Georgia could very well be the case of the decade as there is so much hanging on the outcome of this legal battle.

Not only is Trump seeking to avoid a criminal conviction that could damage his presidential campaign, his legal team is also fighting to stop a nightmare scenario from becoming reality.

Willis's indictment essentially is criminalizing election skepticism and any effort to litigate or question election results by lawyers would become illegal if Willis succeeds in getting a conviction.

Beyond the fact that every election in recent memory has been sharply contested and litigated by both Democrats and Republicans, Willis's indictment is nakedly partisan. It is crucial that Trump gets the case moved to the federal level and beats Willis so badly that it makes Democrats think twice about abusing the justice system.

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