Donald Trump’s White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is asking the state judge in the Georgia election case to halt all proceedings against him until there is a final decision — including appeals — on the bid to move his case to federal court, according to a new court filing Wednesday.
Meadows is pushing to move his case from state court into federal court in hopes his case will be thrown out under a federal law that protects government employees from facing litigation related to their official duties. A federal judge is still weighing that request.
“The federal rights Mr. Meadows has asserted under the Supremacy Clause of the Federal Constitution and the Federal Officer Removal Statute will be irreparably impaired if this state prosecution continues while his Notice of Removal remains pending,” Meadows' attorney wrote in the filing.
In the filing, his attorney makes clear he wants Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee to pause the Georgia proceedings until there is a final decision on moving his case to federal court, “including through appeal.”
Also on Wednesday, at a hearing about two of Meadows’ co-defendants, McAfee asked pointed questions about how it could be “risky” to hold a state trial while there is a federal appeal about moving the case out of state court.
Meadows is also requesting that his state case be separated from other co-defendants, according to the Wednesday filing.