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Federal Judge Rejects Meadow’s Removal Request

Anna Hickey
Friday, September 8, 2023, 6:14 PM
Former chief of staff Mark Meadow’s bid to remove the Fulton County case against him to federal court was denied. 

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On Sept. 8, a federal judge rejected Mark Meadow’s request to remove the 2020 election subversion case to federal court and remanded it back to the Futon County Superior Court. Meadows was indicted on Aug. 14 by a Fulton County grand jury for allegedly attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia and on Aug.15 filed to remove the case to federal court. In the original filing, Meadows argued that he was charged for conduct undertaken for or related to his role as chief of staff in the White House. 

The judge found that “jurisdiction is not conferred simply because a single overt act relates to Meadows’s federal office” and that “the relevant acts are outside the scope of Meadows’s federal office.” Additionally, he wrote that Mark Meadows had not “met even the ‘quite low’ threshold for removal” in his arguments and testimony

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Anna Hickey is the associate editor for communications of Lawfare. She holds a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies: communications, legal studies, economics, and government with a minor in international studies from American University.

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