Trump co-defen­dant Jef­frey Clark denied bid to move Geor­gia RICO case to fed­er­al court

Trump co-defendant Jeffrey Clark denied bid to move Georgia RICO case to federal court

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.
AP

“The let­ter per­tained to elec­tion fraud and elec­tion inter­fer­ence con­cerns that …