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Mark Meadows ordered by South Carolina Supreme Court to testify in Georgia Trump investigation

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 11/29/2022 Rachel Schilke
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Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows must testify in a Fulton County grand jury investigation looking into former President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the election in Georgia, a court ordered on Tuesday.

The ruling came from the South Carolina Supreme Court, which affirmed a county-level court's ruling that he needed to comply with the summons.

"We have reviewed the arguments raised by Appellant and find them to be manifestly without merit,” South Carolina’s Supreme Court justices wrote in their ruling, according to Politico.

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Meadows attempted to block a subpoena from Fulton County investigators led by District Attorney Fani Willis. However, Circuit Court Judge Edward Miller determined that Meadows is a “necessary and material” witness to the Fulton County investigation.

In the subpoena, the county claims Meadows possesses intimate knowledge of how a phone call between Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Trump was planned and executed. The call involved Trump telling Raffensperger that he just wanted to "find 11,780 votes," the number needed to secure a win for Trump over President Joe Biden.

Meadows's lawyer, James Bannister, argued that the former chief of staff was protected under Trump's assertion of executive privilege.

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Ex-Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) are among those who have also been subpoenaed in the Fulton County investigation.

On Nov. 22, Graham testified before the grand jury about two calls he had with Raffensperger during the fallout from the 2020 election. In one of the calls, Graham floated the notion of rejecting mail-in ballots with questionable signatures, according to Raffensperger, who has already testified.

"Senator Graham appeared before the Fulton County Special Grand Jury for just over two hours and answered all questions. The Senator feels he was treated with respect, professionalism, and courtesy. Out of respect for the grand jury process he will not comment on the substance of the questions," Graham's office said in a statement.

 

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Tags: Mark Meadows, Fulton County, 2020 Elections, Donald Trump, Georgia

Original Author: Rachel Schilke

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