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Trump mulls shifting Georgia election case to federal court

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.

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