- A South Carolina judge says Mark Meadows is just not immune from testifying in a Georgia grand jury case.
- Meadows has claimed government privilege to keep away from dealing with Georgia DA Fani Willis’ 2020 election probe.
- Meadows’ lawyer says similar protection that is shielded him from the Jan. 6 committee additionally applies right here.
A South Carolina judge has dominated that former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows must testify earlier than the Georgia grand jury investigating his former boss’ alleged 2020 election meddling.
The ruling in the Pickens County court docket of widespread pleas, which the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports will be appealed, finds that Meadows is a “necessary and material” witness and must adjust to Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ months-old request that he share what he is aware of in regards to the embattled former president’s marketing campaign to overturn President Joe Biden’s lawful victory.
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Meadows’ lawyer, James Bannister, didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark about future appeals.
In his most up-to-date submitting, Bannister argued that Meadows cannot be compelled to testify in Georgia as a result of the identical government privilege declare he is used to get out of showing earlier than the January 6 select committee investigating the deadly siege at the US Capitol applies right here.
Select committee chairman Bennie Thompson advised reporters after the panel’s final public listening to that the group formally subpoenaed Trump after getting stonewalled by dozens of his personnel. House investigators stated greater than 30 former Trump aides and allies, together with Meadows, have pleaded the Fifth when questioned or simply refused to cooperate with the select committee to date.
Willis is investigating Trump’s efforts to vary the electoral final result in Georgia, together with urging Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” the almost 12,000 votes Trump would have wanted to overhaul President Biden in the Peach State.
Former Meadows aide Cassidy Hutchinson recently agreed to cooperate with Willis.