Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows filed a motion on Tuesday requesting to move a case against him brought forth by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to federal court. This comes just one day after Meadows, alongside 2024 GOP frontrunner Donald Trump and 17 others, was indicted on charges related to alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia.
Meadow’s legal representation, attorneys George Terwilliger and Joseph Englert, argued that the matter surrounds federal law, particularly because the accusations apply to Meadows’ conduct as a federal official.
“Nothing Mr. Meadows is alleged in the indictment to have done is criminal per se: arranging Oval Office meetings, contacting state officials on the President’s behalf, visiting a state government building, and setting up a phone call for the President,” Terwilliger stated in the filing. “One would expect a Chief of Staff to the President of the United States to do these sorts of things.”
The lawyer argued that what is happening to Meadows is “precisely the kind of state interference in a federal official’s duties that the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution prohibits, and that the removal statute shields against.”
According to the court filing, should Meadows’ desire to have the indictment dismissed and have the case move to federal court prevail, it will “halt the state-court proceedings” entirely.
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