Judge Presiding Over Trump Georgia Case Previously Worked Under Kemp, Fulton County DA
Superior Court of Fulton County.
Credit: Superior Court of Fulton County.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee will preside over the highly-scrutinized trial of former President Donald Trump and his allies over their actions during the 2020 election, just six months after being appointed to the position by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp

McAfee, 34, who got his law degree from the University of Georgia, has previously worked for Kemp as the Peach State’s inspector general and worked under Democrat Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis

Under Willis, McAfee worked with the complex trial division for the Fulton County District Attorney’s office, according to the New York Times. “While with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, Judge McAfee started in the complaint room and worked his way up to the major case division where he exclusively handled homicide prosecutions,” McAfee’s 2024 judicial campaign website says

He later became a federal prosecutor in the Northern District of Georgia, where he worked on major drug trafficking investigations. With the feds, McAfee worked under U.S. Attorney Byung Pak, who later exited the position after clashing with Trump over his voter fraud claims. 

After his work prosecuting drug and fraud related crimes, McAfee took a job as Georgia’s inspector general. 

“Scott McAfee is a strong addition to my administration,” Kemp said at the time. “His experience as a tough prosecutor equips him to search out fraud, waste, abuse, and corruption, and bring those to justice who break the law.”

In December 2022, McAfee was appointed by Kemp to Fulton County Superior Court, where he ordered pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood to pay $5,000 after he was held in contempt of court for comments he made about ex-associates for a case not connected to Wood’s actions during the 2020 election. 

“I can’t overlook the protracted and flagrant nature of the violation,” McAfee said at the time. 

Additionally, McAfee previously interned for former Georgia Supreme Court Judges David Nahmias and Keith Blackwell, both of whom were appointed by Republicans.

McAfee was the vice president of the Federalist Society and the treasurer of Law Republicans while at law school. He has also appeared to give several hundred dollars to Republican candidates in Georgia, including Kemp. 


Willis has proposed starting the trial date for Trump and 18 of his allies on March 4, which would be just one week before the Georgia Republican presidential primary. 

Trump has decried the prosecution and said that he will produce evidence of voter fraud in the 2020 election next Monday. 

“Like Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg, Deranged Jack Smith, and New York AG Letitia James, Fulton County, GA’s radical Democrat District Attorney Fani Willis is a rabid partisan who is campaigning and fundraising on a platform of prosecuting President Trump through these bogus indictments,” Trump said in response to the latest indictment. 

The former president also faces trials in New York, Florida, and Washington, D.C. 

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