Meadows resists Atlanta-area subpoena in Trump election probe

The latter includes a January 2021 phone call in which Trump urged Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” enough votes for him to win in the state. Meadows was on the line for that phone call, and he also traveled to Georgia in December 2020 to oversee an audit of state election results — a trip that also caught the attention of the Jan. 6 select committee.

Willis also sought to compel testimony from high-profile figures in Trump’s orbit, including attorneys Rudy Giuliani, Boris Epshteyn and John Eastman, as well as others who helped Trump cling to power despite his re-election. . When soliciting testimony from witnesses residing outside of Georgia, it must obtain the approval of judges in those other states under laws that generally require cooperation between state and county courts in criminal proceedings.

But Meadows argues that Willis’s investigation – being conducted by a “special grand jury” – is not considered a criminal investigation, which bars her from subpoenaing him. His lawyer James Bannister urged the South Carolina court to refuse Fulton County’s efforts to enforce Meadows’ appearance.

Willis issued a subpoena for Meadows to appear in August and scheduled a deposition for September 27. But in a Tuesday filing in Pickens County court, Willis’ deputy John Wooten said a “scheduling conflict” delayed any action on Meadows’ testimony. wooded rescheduling proposal the appearance postponed to November 9, November 16 or November 30.

Willis largely halted important steps in his investigation amid early voting and the end of Georgia’s election season, given the probe’s significant political implications. The Fulton County Superior Court judge handling the case also agreed that he would not release any findings from Willis before the election. He also delayed the deposition of Gov. Brian Kemp, who is running for re-election, until the end of the vote.

Meadows argues that the late effort to obtain his testimony is now “moot” due to the missed September 27 deadline. He also pointed to ongoing litigation against the Jan. 6 select committee in which he claims he is “immune” to testifying in Congress because of his high-profile role in the Trump White House — and does not therefore cannot be compelled to risk breaching executive privilege. . That case is pending before US District Court Judge Carl Nichols, a Trump appointee, who is expected to rule imminently.

It is not immediately clear whether Meadows is attempting to assert his “immunity” from testimony before the Fulton County grand jury as he did before the Jan. 6 select committee, or whether he intends to argue that Trump has renewed his executive privilege of assertion over Meadows’ potential. testimony to the Atlanta-area probe. Typically, investigators require witnesses to appear to assert their privileges on a question-by-question basis.


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