Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, alongside 18 other co-defendants in Willis’ case face a Friday deadline to surrender to jail.
Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, has asked to move the Georgia election case out of state to protect him from being arrested.
As an alternative, Meadow’s attorney proposed in the 19-page-filing that the federal court could simply issue an order that bans the Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis from arresting Trump’s chief of staff. Willis has rejected the request for an extension, the filing noted.
Trump’s chief of staff seeks to move the state-level case to federal court. A federal judge US District Court in Atlanta has scheduled a Monday morning hearing on Meadow’s request. However, John Moran, Mark Meadow’s attorney argued that the latest court filing that bid to move the case will be harmed if Meadow’s is arrested before that hearing.
Trump’s chief of staff is charged in the indictment with one count of racketeering and one count of solicitation violation of oath by a public officer.
According to the New York Post, on August 15, one day after Trump, Trump’s chief of staff, and 17 others were indicted in Willi’s probe, Trump’s chief of staff petitioned to the US DIstrict Court for the Northern District of Georgia to transfer his case to a federal court, where he will move to have his charges dismissed.
Trump’s chief of staff has argued that he was acting within the scope of his authority as a “federal official” when he engaged in the actions that were cited in the indictment. The court has agreed to hold a hearing on Trump’s chief of staff’s request, but it will be held on August 28.