USA.- Some of Donald J. Trump’s co-defendants in the Georgia election interference case began volunteering today, while others sought to transfer this wide-ranging criminal case from that state to federal court.
Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official, and David Shafer, former leader of the Georgia Republican Party, filed motions today calling for the case to be moved to federal court, just as former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows did last week had the white house.
These motions pave the way for the first major lawsuit in the case, filed in Atlanta Superior Court last week.
Most of the defendants, including Trump, plan to turn themselves in this week as ordered by Fani T. Willis, the Fulton County District Attorney in Georgia who is leading the investigation.
Although Clark filed a request for an urgent adjournment today to avoid facing the notorious Atlanta jail where the defendants are being charged.
Meadows made a similar request later in the day.
Another prominent Trump ally, John Eastman, turned himself in today and was jailed.
Eastman, who is primarily responsible for Trump’s effort to reverse the 2020 election defeat, commented in a statement that impeachment “is like crossing the Rubicon for our country because it implies a fundamental right to the First Amendment until the government rectifies it.” prompted. “Your allegations”.
State criminal proceedings may be transferred to a federal court under a federal statute permitting such a relocation if the case involves federal officials and relates to acts performed in the exercise of their office.
The term refers to things they did as part of their official duties.
Last month, a federal judge denied Trump’s request to refer another state criminal case to federal court.
If Georgia’s removal motions are successful, the defendants could argue in federal court that they should not be charged with state crimes, relying on the supremacy clause of the United States Constitution, which states that federal statutes in In general, state laws take precedence.