Donald Trump may seek to transfer his Georgia criminal case, which accuses him of conspiring to reverse the 2020 presidential election, from state to federal court, as revealed in a recent court filing.
The former president, a leading contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, faces charges alongside 18 others for allegedly pressuring Georgia election officials to overturn President Joe Biden’s election victory.
Trump and his co-defendants have pleaded not guilty to the charges. A federal court venue is more appealing to Trump because it offers a more politically diverse jury pool compared to Fulton County, Georgia, where the case was originally filed—a Democratic stronghold.
Moreover, a federal trial could allow him to assert immunity from prosecution for actions taken during his presidential duties.
Some of Trump’s co-defendants, including his former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, have also requested to move their cases to federal court, with a judge expected to rule on these petitions in the coming weeks.