Georgia judges denies Donald Trump’s motion to dismiss charges on First Amendment grounds

A Georgia judge has denied former President Trump’s motion to dismiss his 2020 election interference indictment on the grounds of First Amendment protection. 

“After considering the extensive briefing, the argument of counsel, and the indictment, the Court finds these vital constitutional protections do not reach the actions and statements alleged by the State. Nor do the statutes themselves facially violate the First Amendment,” Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee ruled Thursday.

Georgia Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee and former President Trump (Getty Images)

“They argue this prosecution violates the First Amendment’s protections of political speech and activity, freedom of association, and the right to petition Congress as-applied to their alleged conduct, and further contend that the indicted charges are overbroad,” he said.