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Mark Meadows gets bad news out of Fulton County

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A federal judge on Wednesday rejected Mark Meadows’ request to avoid arrest in Fulton County after being indicted for allegedly violating Georgia’s RICO laws to help overturn the 2020 election results in the state.

Meadows, who served as Donald Trump’s chief of staff in 2020 and 2021, was one of 18 codefendants indicted by a Fulton County grand jury last week. The indictment followed District Attorney Fani Willis’ investigation into Trump’s alleged interference attempts in Georgia, a state he narrowly lost during the 2020 presidential election.

Meadows on Tuesday filed a motion to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, asking the court to block his arrest in Fulton County. United States District Judge Steve C. Jones denied that request on Wednesday, according to court filings.

Mark Meadows Bad News Out of FultonCounty
Former White House Chief of Staff during the Trump administration Mark Meadows speaks during a forum titled House Rules and Process Changes for the 118th Congress at FreedomWorks headquarters on November 14, 2022 in Washington, DC. A federal judge on Wednesday rejected Meadows’ efforts at blocking his arrest in Fulton County.
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“The Court determines that, the clear statutory language for removing
a criminal prosecution, does not support an injunction or temporary stay
prohibiting District Attorney Willis’s enforcement or execution of the arrest
warrant against Meadows,” Jones wrote.

Willis had previously given the defendants until noon on Friday to surrender to Fulton County authorities.

Meadows previously asked Willis for a “modest extension” until Monday, but she rejected that request.

This is a breaking news story that will be updated when more information becomes available.

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