Trump’s Legal Chess: A Federal Court Play?


FILE - Former President Donald Trump walks to speak with reporters before departure from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023, in Atlanta. A judge on Friday, Sept. 8, is expected to release the full report compiled by a special grand jury that helped an investigation by the Georgia prosecutor who ultimately indicted Trump and 18 others. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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There is an update on the Georgia election subversion case involving former President Donald Trump. Trump’s legal team formally notified the judge that they may seek to move the case from state to federal court. Why? Federal jurisdictions could allow Trump to invoke immunity protections tied to his duties as a federal official, potentially getting the charges dropped.

But the clock is ticking, Trump has 30 days from his August 31 arraignment, where he entered a not guilty plea to make this move.

It’s not just about legal technicalities. It’s about the jury. If the case remains in state court, jurors will come from Fulton County, a region that heavily favors President Biden.

Federal courts would widen the jury pool to a 10-county area around Atlanta — still Biden territory — but Trump’s team may believe they stand a better chance.

So the question is, if a change in venue is granted, could it shift the outcome for Trump?

Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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