Fulton DA’s Office Files Its Own Appeal in Trump Georgia Election Case

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Atlanta last month. (AP Photo/Jason Allen)

(The Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS) — The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday said it is appealing a judge’s order that dismissed six counts from the election interference indictment against former President Donald Trump and others.

In a filing to the Georgia Court of Appeals, the DA’s office challenged an order issued in March by Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee, who dismissed counts lodged against Trump, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, lawyer John Eastman, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and attorneys Ray Smith and Bob Cheeley. In his nine-page decision, McAfee said those charges lacked sufficient detail.

Under Georgia law, the DA’s office is permitted to bring this challenge — called a cross-appeal — because Trump and other defendants are appealing another decision by McAfee. That ruling allowed DA Fani Willis to remain on the racketeering case so long as then-special prosecutor Nathan Wade resigned, because they had had a personal relationship.

Even though McAfee dismissed six counts from the 41-count indictment, dozens still remain, including the racketeering conspiracy charges against Trump and his remaining 14 co-defendants.

The six charges McAfee dismissed relate to allegations that defendants illegally urged Georgia elected officials — including Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, then-House Speaker David Ralston and members of the General Assembly — to violate their oaths of office by convening a special session of the Legislature to appoint pro-Trump electors. As written in the indictment, those counts “do not give the defendants enough information to prepare their defenses intelligently,” the judge said.

The recent decision by the Court of Appeals to hear the Willis disqualification challenge is all but certain to delay the election interference case against Trump from going to trial before the November presidential election. Once the case files are transferred from Fulton County to the appeals court, it will be officially docketed with a three-judge panel assigned to hear it. They could possibly hear arguments later this year and could wait to release their opinion sometime early next year.

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