Georgia’s Secretary of State will reportedly be subpoenaed to testify at a hearing to determine whether the case of former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows will be transferred to federal court next week.
Meadows, meanwhile, had an emergency motion to prevent his “imminent arrest” in Fulton County denied Wednesday, a day before the former President Donald Trump would declare himself. Meadows had been trying to delay his arrest pending the outcome of a hearing on the possibility of his RICO charges being moved from state to federal court, FOX 5 Atlanta reported.
However, a judge ruled that the state must continue to exist for the time being unless the FBI notifies the court that they are taking over jurisdiction. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis set a deadline Thursday afternoon for Meadows, Trump and allies surrender oneself.
“While Meadows’ impending arrest may actually result in injury, there are strong countervailing reasons for not imposing state criminal proceedings,” the judge’s ruling said on Wednesday. “The Court thus determines that this is the clear legal language for removal a criminal prosecution, does not support any court order or stay prohibiting the enforcement or execution of the arrest warrant against Meadows by District Attorney Willis.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, meanwhile, reported that Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has been notified that he will be subpoenaed to testify at the hearing in which Meadows will argue that the Fulton County case against him be transferred to the federal court. The hearing will take place on Monday. Willis wants the election interference case, in which Meadows received two counts of 41 counts, to remain in Fulton Superior Court.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani accused of leading Trump’s efforts to coerce the state legislators in Georgia and other closely contested states to name electoral college voters favorable to Trump turned himself in Wednesday, and his mugshot was released.