Judge takes aim at Trump in rejecting bid to halt Georgia probe
Driving the news: Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney said in his ruling that Trump didn't have the legal standing to have evidence thrown out or disqualify Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis from the case at "this pre-indictment phase of the proceedings."
- McBurney said the claims from Trump and Cathy Latham, a Republican "alternate elector" named by prosecutors as an investigation target, were "insufficient."
- While "being the subject (or even target) of a highly publicized criminal investigation is likely an unwelcome and unpleasant experience, no court ever has held that that status alone provides a basis for the courts to interfere with or halt the investigation," the judge added.
- "For some, being the subject of criminal investigation can, à la Rumpelstiltskin, be turned into golden political capital, making it seem more providential than problematic," the judge said. "Regardless, simply being the subject (or target) of an investigation does not yield standing to bring claim to halt that investigation in court."
- The judge advised Trump's attorneys against "burdening" courts with "unnecessary and unfounded legal filings."
Read the judge's ruling in full, via DocumentCloud:
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