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Defense says Trump will not try to transfer Georgia criminal case to federal court

Donald Trump’s defense stated this Thursday (28) that the former president of the United States will not attempt to transfer a criminal case over an alleged conspiracy to reverse his defeat in the 2020 presidential elections in Georgia from a state court to a federal court.

Trump, who is the Republican Party’s main presidential candidate for 2024, and 18 other defendants are accused of pressuring Georgia’s election authorities to reverse the 2020 defeat to current US President Joe Biden in the state.

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The businessman denied any wrongdoing and said the case was part of a political witch hunt. He and the other defendants pleaded not guilty.

The information from the defense released on Thursday is important because Trump was expected to join several defendants in the case in an attempt to transfer the case from state court to federal court, where he could face a more “friendly” jury than than in Fulton County, Georgia, a Democratic stronghold, where the lawsuit was filed.

Transferring the case could also cause it to become bogged down in hearings and appeals. Prosecutors are pushing for all 19 defendants to be tried together on Oct. 23, although one judge has said he does not believe that deadline is feasible.

Donald Trump had initially indicated he would follow the lead of his former chief of staff Mark Meadows, who quickly tried to take his case to federal court but was rebuffed this month. Meadows is appealing that decision.

Trump faces several lawsuits

Trump, Meadows and 17 others were charged in a wide-ranging indictment in August. Trump said the criminal case and three others he faces are part of a political plot aimed at preventing him from returning to the White House in next year’s elections.

The former president faces criminal charges in four cases. He is also being indicted in the following places:

  • in Florida for keeping confidential documents after leaving office;
  • in Washington, for his efforts to overturn the 2020 election;
  • and in New York, over bribes paid to a porn star before the 2016 election.

Trump denies wrongdoing and has declared himself innocent in these cases as well.

In addition, he also faces a civil lawsuit filed by the New York attorney general, who alleges that he and his family company overstated the value of their assets by billions of dollars to secure better loan and insurance terms.

The trial in this case is scheduled to begin on Monday (2). Last Tuesday (26), a judge ruled that Trump had committed fraud and stripped him of control of several important properties in his business portfolio.

The trial will largely focus on the amount that Trump, his companies and his two adult children will have to pay in fines. The case does not involve criminal charges.

Source: CNN Brasil

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