Mark Meadows ordered to testify in Trump investigation
Lawyers for Meadows and a spokeswoman for Willis did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The decision of the five-member tribunal was only three paragraphs long. He cited the « demanding circumstances involved » but did not go into details of the dispute.
Willis requested Meadows’ testimony in September as part of his extensive investigation into efforts by Trump and his allies to disrupt the Georgia election process, including his push for Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to « find » enough vote to undo Joe Biden’s victory in the state.
The fight against the Meadows’ subpoena ended in South Carolina courts in proceedings that multiple states agreed to enforce court witness orders issued by South Carolina courts. another state. To compel out-of-state residents to testify, Willis must first obtain approval from local courts. Meadows is a resident of South Carolina.
Courts in New York and Florida have also backed Willis’ efforts to obtain testimony from non-Georgian residents, including Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and former national security adviser Mike Flynn.
The Willis grand jury sought testimony from a slew of high-ranking figures in Trump’s orbit, particularly those most closely associated with his bid to overturn the 2020 election results. she is suing: lawyers John Eastman, Jenna Ellis, Boris Epshteyn and Kenneth Chesebro. She also recently obtained the testimony of Sen. Lindsey Graham (RS.C.), who appeared after the U.S. Supreme Court granted Willis leave to question him.
Willis also polled Trump allies in Georgia who signed documents claiming to be the state’s legitimate presidential voters as part of a broader Trump campaign plan to disrupt the Jan. 6, 2021 transfer of power.
But Meadows is the most critical figure in his investigation to have been ordered to appear. In addition to his prominent role in Trump’s orbit in the weeks leading up to Jan. 6, Meadows traveled to Georgia amid the state’s post-election audit and joined Trump during his January 2, 2021 phone call with Raffensperger.
Meadows had argued in South Carolina county court that his grand jury appearance was barred by executive privilege, but state courts rejected that argument.