Jeffrey Clark, the former Department of Justice official who is a co-defendant in former President Donald Trump’s Georgia racketeering case, lost his bid to move his case to federal court on Friday.
U.S. District Judge Steve Jones said in an order that federal court had no jurisdiction over Clark’s case. The news came just before it was announced Georgia bail bondsman Scott Hall became the first co-defendant to plead guilty.
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Clark, one of 18 co-defendants, specifically was charged with one count of racketeering and one count of an attempt to commit false statements over a letter he allegedly tried to send to Georgia officials in 2020 falsely representing that the DOJ had “significant concerns that may have impacted the outcome of the election” in Georgia.
Clark, a former Trump-appointed assistant attorney general, argued he was acting in his official capacity at the time the letter was drafted; however, Jones concluded that the act did not fall within the scope of his job duties.
Jeffrey Clark mug shot and file photo.
“The letter pertained to election fraud and election interference concerns that …