(PartiallyPolitics.com) – Former President Donald Trump has pushed a Georgia judge to dismiss the state’s election interference case against him, arguing that he had presidential immunity to criminal prosecution as he was still serving as the U.S. President at the time.
Trump’s attorney Steve Sadow has argued that the indictment focuses on actions that had been taken by Trump during his time in office after he had lost the 2020 presidential election. He added that the actions taken had been within the “outer perimeter” of his official duties as the president. As he pointed out, presidential immunity is necessary as the role of the President often includes sensitive duties and requires the individual to take actions without fearing the threat of facing politically motivated prosecutions.
Trump was indicted along with 18 others for allegedly being part of a criminal enterprise focused on keeping him in office despite losing the 2020 presidential election. Trump himself is facing 13 charges in Fulton County, including a state Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) count.
Trump has pleaded not guilty to all charges and has maintained not only his innocence but also that he should be protected from indictment because of presidential immunity.
Trump’s counsel has maintained that all communications with state officials, and pushing former Vice President Mike Pence and other officials to certify the electors he organized were part of his “official duties.”
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis (D) who brought forward the indictment has argued that Trump was part of a pressure campaign in the state to change the results of the presidential election after he lost.
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