Meadows asks federal court to dismiss criminal charges against him in Georgia elections fraud case

Meadows faces two charges in connection with the case.

Published: August 21, 2023 2:25pm

Updated: August 21, 2023 5:23pm

Former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows is asking a federal court in Georgia to dismiss criminal charges filed against him last week in connection with alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in the state. 

Meadow's attorneys filed the request Saturday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, arguing their client was a federal official at the time of the alleged criminal conduct, so he is therefore "immune from state prosecution under the Supremacy Clause of the Federal Constitution." 

Meadow was among 18 people, including his former boss, then-President Donald Trump, in the grand jury indictment handed down Aug. 14 – at the conclusion of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ investigation in allegations that Trump and his allies tried to overturn the results to help him win reelection.

Almost immediately after the indictment was filed, Meadows attempted to move his case from state to federal court.

Meadows' arguments that the case be dismissed include that he has immunity because the allegations, which include organizing calls between Georgia election officials and Trump, were part of his tasks as chief of staff and that he complied with federal law, according to The Hill newspaper.

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