Trump aide Meadows bid for Georgia election trial stay denied

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Mark Meadows, White House chief of staff, listens to a question from a member of the media outside of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020.

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A federal judge denied former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows’ request for an emergency stay of a ruling that sent his Georgia election interference case back to state court, a court filing showed Wednesday.

Meadows, former President Donald Trump‘s final chief of staff, had asked U.S. District Judge Steve Jones to pause his ruling pending an appeal in a higher court.

But Jones sided with Atlanta District Attorney Fani Willis, who on Tuesday urged the judge to reject Meadows’ latest move in his ongoing push to try and move his case to federal court.

Meadows “has not shown he is entitled to an emergency stay,” Jones ruled in an order dated Tuesday and made public Wednesday morning on the docket in U.S. District Court in Atlanta.

Jones on Friday had denied Meadows’ initial bid to move the sweeping Georgia RICO case out of Fulton County and into federal court.

Meadows has also asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit to grant an emergency stay, arguing that Jones “egregiously erred” when he refused to remove the case to federal court. The appeals court has not yet ruled on Meadows’ request, but ordered Willis to respond by noon on Wednesday.

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