Judge in Georgia election subversion trial dismisses three criminal counts against Donald Trump

The judge in Donald Trump’s Georgia election subversion trial has dismissed three criminal counts against the former president.

Fulton County Judge Scott McAfee also dismissed charges against three other co-defendants, while letting the overall case proceed, a court filing showed.

Judge McAfee decided that allegations made by state prosecutors that Mr Trump and his co-defendants tried to get Georgia officials to violate their oaths of office were not detailed enough in those six counts.

The judge allowed another 35 criminal counts to remain, including 10 against the former president.

The central racketeering charge against Mr Trump and his remaining 14 co-defendants also remains in place.

Mr Trump and his co-defendants have pleaded not guilty to charges that they formed a criminal conspiracy to try to overturn the Republican’s loss to Joe Biden in the state of Georgia during the 2020 election.

Judge McAfee said prosecutors could file a new, more detailed indictment on the dismissed counts.

The Georgia case is one of four criminal prosecutions Mr Trump is facing in the run up to November’s election, after he secured enough delegates to become the presumptive Republican candidate on Tuesday.

He also faces federal charges relating to alleged efforts to undo his 2020 defeat and is due to stand trial in New York later this month on charges related to hush money paid to an adult actress.

Trump has denied wrongdoing in all four cases and has said they are all attempts to stop him from regaining the presidency.