Fani Willis says Jeffrey Clark doesn’t understand the law

Left: FILE – Jeffrey Clark, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, on Sept. 14, 2020. Former Justice Department lawyer Jeffrey Clark, who has been indicted along with former President Donald Trump, filed paperwork to transfer the case to federal court. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool, File). Right: Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis speaks in the Fulton County Government Center during a news conference, Monday, Aug. 14, 2023, in Atlanta following the indictment of Trump and his co-defendants. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The Georgia prosecutor leading the case against Donald Trump and a cadre of supporters over alleged election interference says that a former Justice Department lawyer — himself accused of ethics violations — doesn’t understand fundamental criminal procedure laws.

Jeffrey Clark, the former lawyer for the DOJ who is accused of lying about the DOJ’s position on voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election in the Peach State, is trying to get the Fulton County criminal case removed to federal court and asked a federal judge to pause the state proceedings in the meantime. He argued that federal law automatically triggered such a stay, and added that moving forward with the case would require him to make “rushed travel arrangements to fly into Atlanta.”

Prior to U.S. District Court Judge Steve Jones rejecting the request, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis had filed a response to Clark’s motion, arguing there was no legal basis whatsoever for Clark’s motion.

“Defendant Jeffrey Bossert Clark has moved this Court for an Emergency Motion to Stay the pending State court criminal proceedings against him based on an apparent misread of the applicable statutes, a misapprehension of the binding caselaw, and a fundamental misunderstanding of criminal procedure — both state and federal,” the DA’s motion begins.

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