A federal judge on Thursday delivered a blow to former President Donald Trump and his co-defendants in their election fraud case in Georgia, denying their motion to dismiss the case.
The judge, Amy Totenberg of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, ruled that the plaintiffs in the case had adequately alleged that Trump and his allies engaged in a “concerted effort” to “interfere with the administration of the election” in Georgia.
The plaintiffs in the case are two Georgia voters who allege that Trump and his allies pressured state officials to “find” enough votes to overturn his loss in the state. They also allege that Trump and his allies made false claims about the election being stolen in order to intimidate voters and election officials.
Totenberg's ruling is a major setback for Trump and his co-defendants. It means that the case will now move forward to discovery, a process in which the parties will exchange information about the case. This could lead to depositions of Trump and his allies, as well as the production of documents.
The ruling is also a victory for election integrity advocates, who have argued that Trump's efforts to overturn the election were a serious threat to democracy.
Trump and his co-defendants have vowed to appeal Totenberg's ruling. However, it is unclear whether they will be successful. The appeals court in Atlanta has a reputation for being conservative, and it is possible that the judges will uphold Totenberg's ruling.
The Georgia election case is one of several legal challenges that Trump faces related to his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results. He has also been indicted in New York for allegedly falsifying business records, and he is under investigation by the Justice Department for possible obstruction of justice.
To learn more about Trump's Indigment read this article from Fox News. An excerpt of the article has been copied below:
A federal district court judge turned down requests from two co-defendants in the Georgia racketeering case involving former President Trump to transfer jurisdiction of their cases to federal court.
Judge Steve Jones of the Northern District of Georgia issued two simultaneous orders Wednesday, denying the requests from former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and former Department of Justice civil division chief Jeff Clark. Meadows and Clark requested in their motions that their cases are transferred and for the court to allow them to avoid arrest in the case.
“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,” counsel for Meadows wrote in a court motion filed Aug. 15. “One would expect a Chief of Staff to the President of the United States to do these sorts of things.”