Prosecutors appeal dismissal of some charges against Trump in Georgia election interference case

Prosecutors appeal dismissal of some charges against Trump in Georgia election interference case

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia prosecutor appealed a ruling Thursday dismissing some of the criminal charges against former President Donald Trump and others charged in a election interference case.

The notice of appeal filed by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis does not say why an appeals court should overturn the March dismissal. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee threw out six counts of the indictment, including three against Trump, saying the counts did not provide sufficient detail about the nature of the violations.

The ruling was a setback for Willis, although it left much of the overall indictment intact.

Willis’ cross-appeal notice said state law allows prosecutors to file their own appeals before trial when defendants have previously appealed a pretrial ruling.

Trump and the other defendants asked an appeals court to overturn McAfee’s ruling not to disqualify Willis from the case over a romantic relationship with special counsel Nathan Wade. Earlier this month, a Georgia appeals court agreed to address the issue.

Trump and 18 others were accused in August, accused of participating in a wide-ranging scheme to try to illegally reverse his narrow 2020 presidential election loss to Democrat Joe Biden in Georgia.

All defendants were accused of violating Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO,, an expansive statute against organized crime. Four people charged in the case pleaded guilty after reaching deals with prosecutors. Trump and the others have pleaded not guilty.

The six dismissed counts accuse the defendants of soliciting public officials to violate their oaths. A charge comes from a phone call Trump made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a fellow Republican, on January 2, 2021, in which Trump urged Raffensperger to “find 11,780 votes.”

Another of the dismissed charges accuses Trump of asking then-Georgia House Speaker David Ralston to violate his oath of office by calling a special session of the legislature to illegally appoint presidential electors.

But the judge left other charges in place, including 10 Trump faces, and also said prosecutors could file a new indictment to try to reinstate those he dismissed.