Georgia Judge Dismisses Some Charges Against Trump

6 counts, including 3 against former president, are thrown out in election tampering case
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 13, 2024 9:54 AM CDT
Georgia Judge Dismisses Some Charges Against Trump
Fulton County Superior Judge Scott McAfee presides over a hearing on March 1 in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/Alex Slitz, Pool, File)

The judge overseeing the Georgia election interference case on Wednesday dismissed some of the charges against former President Trump, but many other counts in the indictment remain, reports the AP. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee wrote in an order that six of the counts in the indictment must be quashed, including three against Trump, the presumptive 2024 Republican presidential nominee. But the order leaves intact other charges, and the judge wrote that prosecutors could seek a new indictment on the charges he dismissed.

The six charges in question have to do with soliciting elected officials to violate their oaths of office. That includes two charges related to the phone call Trump made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a fellow Republican, on Jan. 2, 2021. "All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have," Trump said. The case accuses Trump and 18 others of conspiring to overturn his 2020 election loss in the state to Democrat Joe Biden. The ruling comes as McAfee is also considering a bid by defendants to have Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis removed from the case over her romantic relationship with special prosecutor Nathan Wade.

(More Georgia indictment stories.)

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