In a surprising turn of events, former President Donald Trump has decided not to transfer his Georgia election case to federal court, according to his lawyers. The decision was based on his belief that the Fulton Superior Court will protect his constitutional rights and ensure a fair trial. Trump had previously indicated on September 7th that he may seek to move the case to federal court, but his lawyers now confirm that he will not be pursuing that option.
The case in question involves criminal charges, including racketeering conspiracy, against President Trump and 18 others. These charges stem from their efforts to dispute the 2020 election results in Georgia. All defendants have pleaded not guilty. This development comes three weeks after Trump’s former chief of staff, Mark Meadows, failed to move his own case out of Fulton to federal court.
If the case had been transferred to federal court, Trump could have sought to have the charges dropped on the grounds of immunity for federal officials. However, he is still arguing in the state court that he should be exempt from prosecution due to his federal position. His attorney submitted a motion stating that Trump is immune from state prosecution for actions taken during his presidency.
It’s worth noting that this is not the first criminal indictment against Trump this year. He has been criminally indicted four times since March, making him the first former U.S. president to face such charges. Despite these legal battles, Trump has maintained his innocence and dismissed the charges as politically motivated attempts to hinder his 2024 presidential campaign.
In addition to the Georgia case, Trump has also been trying to move a state case in New York to federal court. This case revolves around allegations that Trump created false business records to conceal hush-money payments made by his former attorney, Michael Cohen. Trump has appealed the decision and continues to fight the charges.
While this decision not to transfer the Georgia case may come as a surprise to some, it remains to be seen how the legal proceedings will unfold and what impact they will have on Trump’s political ambitions. As the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, these ongoing legal battles could have a significant impact on his future prospects.