Georgia grand jury seeks testimony from Mark Meadows, Trump campaign lawyers

Meadows, a former congressman from North Carolina, was involved in several episodes in Georgia in the weeks following the election that are of interest to prosecutors.

He helped facilitate the Jan. 2, 2021, phone call Trump made to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, during which he urged the Georgian secretary of state to “find” 11,780 votes.

Meadows periodically jumped into the conversation to ask if there were ways for the Secretary of State’s office to share voter data with the Trump campaign, which at the time was raising several challenges in the justice system that spoke of election fraud allegations. Meadows said it could help “find a less contentious way forward.”

Meadows also made a surprise visit to the Cobb County Civic Center in December 2020 to observe an audit of mail-in ballot envelope signatures conducted by the Office of the Secretary of State and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The audit had been ordered by Raffensperger to restore public confidence in the state’s election infrastructure.

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows meets with Georgia Assistant Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs on Tuesday at the Cobb County Civic Center, where investigators were auditing voter signatures on ballot envelopes postal voting. MARK NIESSE / [email protected]

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows meets with Georgia Assistant Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs on Tuesday at the Cobb County Civic Center, where investigators were auditing voter signatures on ballot envelopes postal voting. MARK NIESSE / [email protected]

He was prevented from entering the room in which the audit was taking place, but was overheard by an AJC reporter saying, “I don’t make so many allegations as I try to find out the truth.”

It was at Cobb that Meadows met Frances Watson, then chief investigator for the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, who was helping conduct the audit. He got her phone number, paving the way for the six-minute call Trump made to Watson soon after. Also of interest is that phone call, in which Trump told Watson she would find ‘dishonesty’ if she reviewed mail-in ballots in Fulton County and would be congratulated when ‘the correct answer’ came out. the special grand jury.

Watson was subpoenaed by the agency in June.

The House committee on Jan. 6 also uncovered evidence that Meadows played a major role in coordinating the nomination of Trump’s “alternate” voters in half a dozen swing states, including Georgia. The bogus voters, who fictitiously voted in a Dec. 14, 2020 ceremony at the Georgia State House, are the focus of the special grand jury’s interests.

The petition for Meadows also noted that he attended a White House meeting on December 21, 2020 with Trump, members of Congress and others to discuss allegations of voter fraud and the certification of college votes. voters in Georgia and other states. He said he also sent emails to senior Justice Department officials in late 2020 “making various allegations of voter fraud in Georgia and elsewhere and requesting that the Justice Department conduct investigations into these allegations.” .

Powell’s petition cites the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s new investigation into the alleged voter data breach in Coffee County, Georgia. Emails indicate that Powell allegedly coordinated with SullivanStrickler, an Atlanta data company, to obtain election data in January 2021.

The subpoena also cites comments by Atlanta attorney L. Lin Wood during a media interview. Lin said he met with Powell and others at a plantation in South Carolina to explore options for influencing the results of the 2020 election in Georgia and elsewhere. Wood said Powell asked him to help identify Georgia residents who would be willing to serve as plaintiffs in lawsuits challenging Georgia’s election results.

Waldron testified before a Georgia Senate committee in December 2020 about alleged vulnerabilities in Dominion Voting Systems voting machines. A handful of subpoenaed witnesses, including Giuliani and attorneys Jenna Ellis and John Eastman, also participated in the hearing, which is another grand jury interest.

The special grand jury is asking Meadows, Powell, Epshteyn and Waldron to testify next month.

Writer Bill Rankin contributed to this article.

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