Former Trump aide Mark Meadows ordered to testify before Georgia grand jury

Former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows will testify before a Georgia grand jury investigating Republican efforts to flip the state’s 2020 presidential election, a South Carolina judge ruled Wednesday.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis (D) has said her investigation is looking into “the multi-state, coordinated effort to influence the results of the November 2020 election in Georgia and elsewhere.” Because Meadows does not live in Georgia, she could not subpoena him to testify, but filed a motion in August asking him to do so.

South Carolina Circuit Court Judge Edward Miller ruled Wednesday that Meadows must comply with a subpoena because his testimony is “material and necessary to the investigation and the State of Georgia assures not to cause him undue hardship.”

The ruling was confirmed Wednesday by Jeff DiSantis, a spokesman for Willis. DiSantis said Meadows would not be called until after the midterm elections.

An attorney for Meadows said Wednesday that an appeal or further legal action is a possibility.

“There may be additional matters before the trial judge before any decision is made on an appeal,” said Meadows’ attorney, George J. Terwilliger.

Meadows, who served four terms as a congressman from North Carolina before becoming Trump’s White House chief of staff, has helped promote Trump’s baseless claims that widespread voter fraud handed the presidency to Joe Biden. Meadows has said he now lives in South Carolina, although he registered to vote in 2020 using the address of a mobile home in North Carolina.

In her petition seeking Meadows’ testimony, Willis wrote that she was interested in a meeting Meadows attended at the White House on December 21, 2020, with Trump and others “to discuss allegations of voter fraud and certification of Electoral College votes from Georgia and other states.”

Willis also noted in the petition that on Dec. 22, 2020, Meadows “made a surprise visit” to the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta, Ga., where the Georgia Secretary of State’s office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation conducted an absentee ballot signature match audit.

There, Meadows requested to personally observe the audit process but was prevented from doing so because the audit was not open to the public, Willis wrote.

The Georgia grand jury has so far heard testimony from Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) and his staff, Georgia Attorney General Christopher M. Carr (R), state lawmakers and local election workers. The state’s Republican governor, Brian Kemp, filed a 121-page decision in August seeking to kill a subpoena seeking his testimony.

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