Updated Mar 13, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Georgia judge dismisses some charges in Trump 2020 election case

Former US President and 2024 presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in Rome, Georgia, on March 9, 2024.

Former President Trump during a campaign event in Rome, Georgia, on March 9. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage /AFP

The judge overseeing former President Trump's Georgia election subversion case on Wednesday dismissed six counts in the indictment, including three against the former president.

Why it matters: Judge Scott McAfee's order said prosecutors could seek to refile the quashed charges. It comes ahead of a highly anticipated decision over whether to remove Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis from the case.

  • It's a win for the former president, who has not seen any of his charges across his four criminal cases dismissed. Trump still faces more than half a dozen counts in the Georgia case.
  • The former president and presumptive GOP presidential nominee originally faced 13 counts related to his alleged efforts to subvert 2020 election results in Georgia.

Driving the news: McAfee in his Wednesday filing wrote that the six counts he's dismissing against Trump and some of his co-defendants "contain all the essential elements of the crimes" but "fail to allege sufficient detail regarding the nature of their commission."

  • "They do not give the Defendants enough information to prepare their defenses intelligently, as the Defendants could have violated the Constitutions and thus the statute in dozens, if not hundreds, of distinct ways."
  • The counts that McAfee tossed relate to allegations that Trump and some of the co-defendants solicited the violation of oath by a public officer.

A spokesperson for the Fulton County DA's office said the ruling was under review but did not comment further.

Flashback: Trump last August was charged in the 41-count indictment alongside 18 others, including his ex-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and lawyers Rudy Giuliani and John Eastman.

What to watch: The ruling comes as McAfee is poised to make another major decision is expected this week: whether to disqualify Willis over an alleged improper relationship with a special prosecutor she hired for the case.

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Editor's note: This story was updated with additional details from the order.

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