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Donald Trump’s former right-hand man, Mark Meadows, appeared in Georgia court this week arguing he was sanctioned for his actions in an election racketeering case. He was indicted in the case along with 18 co-conspirators, including Trump, two weeks ago. As a federal official. As a result, he and his attorneys have asked that the case against him be transferred from state court to federal court. Meadows, who has been a major disruptive force in American politics since arriving in Washington in 2013, may be trying to get his case tried by a more sympathetic jury. “I don’t think there’s anyone in American politics who puts his finger on the wind more often and tries to figure out which direction it is,” says staff writer Jane Mayer. The rise of Meadows — and A possible decline now—what can we learn about the Republican Party today?this New Yorker Staff writers Susan B. Glasser, Jane Mayer and Evan Osnos also contributed.