The judge dismissed 6 charges in the Georgia election interference case in favor of Trump.

US: Slight relief for Trump as judge dismisses 6 charges in Georgia election interference case


Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee ruled that six counts in the indictment, including three against Trump, must be dismissed because prosecutors failed to offer sufficient specificity. The indictment accuses Trump and 18 others of scheming to overturn his 2020 Georgia election loss.


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Former US President Donald Trump’s representational image. AFP

While many other counts of the indictment are still pending, former US President Donald Trump, who has secured the Republican presidential nomination for a third year running, felt some relief on Wednesday when the judge supervising the Georgia election interference case dropped some of the charges against him. The six allegations in dispute concern enticing elected officials to break their oaths.


Judge Scott McAfee of Fulton County Superior Court ruled that six of the indictment’s counts, including three against Trump, the probable Republican presidential contender for 2024, must be dismissed. However, the order leaves other allegations unaffected, and the court stated that prosecutors could pursue a new indictment on the charges he dismissed. The judge ruled prosecutors did not present enough information concerning the alleged crimes.


The decision is a setback for Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who launched the case against Trump and whose case was already on shaky ground due to an attempt to remove her from the prosecution over a romantic relationship with a colleague. This marks the first time charges have been dropped in any of Trump’s four criminal cases. Two claims stem from Trump’s call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a fellow Republican, on January 2, 2021.


“I just want to accomplish this. “I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have,” Trump stated during the call. The judge upheld 35 other criminal counts, including 10 against the former President. The central racketeering charges against Trump and his 14 other co-defendants remains in force.


The complaint accuses Trump and 18 others of trying to reverse his 2020 loss in the state to Democrat Joe Biden. The nearly 100-page indictment details dozens of actions taken by Trump or his allies to reverse his defeat, including harassing an election worker who faced false fraud allegations and attempting to persuade Georgia lawmakers to disregard voter will and appoint a new slate of electoral college electors favourable to Trump.


In response to allegations that they organized a criminal conspiracy to try and reverse Trump’s defeat by Biden in Georgia during the 2020 election, Trump and his co-defendants have entered not-guilty pleas. In the Georgia case, Trump’s lawyer stated that prosecutors “failed to make specific allegations of any alleged wrongdoing” in the dismissed counts.


Trump’s strategy is working so far on his charges:


Former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally on March 9, 2024, in Rome, Georgia. Mike Stewart/AP

Donald Trump appears to have succeeded in a few of his charges. The former president’s consistent strategy in his four criminal prosecutions has been to use constitutional safeguards provided by a legal system he alleges is corrupt to postpone his appearance before a jury until after the November election.


Trump has long been an expert at tying the courts up by exploring every possible appeal option, frequently employing fancy legal methods requiring litigating time to avoid accountability.


The approach will be on display on Thursday when Trump’s lawyers dispute the validity of special counsel Jack Smith’s case against the presumptive Republican nominee for his hoarding of confidential materials at his Florida club. Trump is scheduled to attend.


Trump argues that he has the right to bring classified materials home, so Judge Aileen Cannon will consider his requests to dismiss the case. He also claims that he was the victim of selective prosecution and was handled differently from other high officials with secret information, such as President Joe Biden, despite obvious distinctions in their circumstances. And, as in earlier courtroom plays, he makes a broad claim of presidential immunity, consistent with his apparent assumption that the nation’s highest office elevates him above the law.


Cannon is also considering postponing the trial’s start date in late May, which would help Trump’s efforts to keep it from happening before November.


Not for the first time, Smith’s court filings in the lawsuit last week were tinged with frustration. He requested that Cannon dismiss the former president’s “frivolous” claims, stating that the “immunity claim here is so wholly without merit that it is difficult to understand except as part of a strategic effort to delay.”


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According to the Associated Press, US President Joe Biden and US President Donald Trump have formally acquired the delegates needed for their respective parties’ likely presidential selections. This development solidifies the long-awaited rematch between the two political heavyweights, paving the way for a highly anticipated battle in November’s general election.


Biden blasts “loser” Trump as the campaign slugfest intensifies. Returning to the campaign trail comes a day after incumbents Joe Biden, 81, and Donald Trump, 77, secured enough delegates to secure their parties’ nominations for a rematch in November.


Biden assailed Trump's "campaign of resentment, revenge, and retribution."
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President Joe Biden chastised “loser” Donald Trump on Wednesday at his first battleground campaign event since the two rivals received their party nominations for what promises to be one of the most contentious elections in US history.


While addressing supporters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a critical swing state, the Democrat sharply criticized his opponent, a hard-right Republican, for calling immigrants “vermin.”


Returning to the campaign trail comes a day after incumbents Joe Biden, 81, and Donald Trump, 77, secured enough delegates to secure their parties’ nominations for a rematch in November.


“Many of you assisted me in 2020, and we ensured he was a failure. And we’ll make sure it happens again, right?” Biden reminded local fans and volunteers in Milwaukee, which will host Trump and his party’s Republican National Convention in July.


Biden has taken to frequently calling Trump a loser, knowing that it irritates the defeated former president, who still refuses to admit he lost four years ago.


Wisconsin and Michigan, which Biden will visit on Thursday, were among the key states he won over Trump in their 2020 race and must win again to secure a second term.


In their debate, Biden focused on immigration, a crucial topic in the race, while the Republican used harsher language to criticize the Democrat over the record number of individuals entering the country illegally from Mexico.


“We are a nation of immigrants. They’re not vermin,” Biden remarked, referring to Trump’s statements from last year. Trump has also said that immigrants are “poisoning the blood of our country.”


Biden also addressed marijuana reform, which he labelled a goal in his State of the Union address last week and which Democrats regard as critical as they seek out young and ethnic minority votes.



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