A day before a key hearing in the Georgia election subversion case, two politicians with legal backgrounds weighed in on former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows' bid to move his case to federal court.
Speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation" today, Republican presidential candidate and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said that even if the case is moved to federal court, it will still be governed by state laws and the charges will remain the same. Christie, a former federal prosecutor, said that whether Meadows' bid succeeds is "not going to make a substantive difference on how ultimately a jury is going to be asked to make these decisions at the time of trial."
Christie also told CBS that Meadows has an "argument to make" in his hearing Monday regarding moving his Georgia indictment charges to federal court. Meadows is arguing that he is entitled to bring a federal immunity defense because the state charges stem from his conduct as then-President Donald Trump’s chief of staff.
In an interview with Dana Bash on CNN's "State of the Union," Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, a former constitutional law professor, said US District Judge Steve Jones will have to consider whether Meadows was acting in a federal capacity while conducting the actions for which he is charged.
“Obviously, after four years of packing the courts with Federalist Society bloggers, someone like Mark Meadows is going to feel a lot more comfortable in federal court,” said Raskin, who led the House's case in Trump’s second impeachment trial. He added the GOP has “worked so hard to gerrymander” the federal judiciary.