S.C. Supreme Court orders Meadows to testify in Georgia election probe


HR King
May 29, 2001
The South Carolina Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously upheld a lower court decision ordering former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to appear before a special grand jury in Atlanta investigating efforts by former president Donald Trump and his allies to overturn Trump’s 2020 election loss in Georgia.
In a brief decision, the five-member court rejected an appeal from Meadows, whose attorney had sought to quash the subpoena on several grounds, including claims that it violated Meadows’s constitutional right to privacy as Trump’s former chief of staff.
“We have reviewed the arguments raised by Appellant and find them to be manifestly without merit,” the justices wrote in a decision published Tuesday afternoon.
Meadows had been summoned to give testimony Wednesday. It was not immediately clear how the decision would affect the timing of that testimony. Meadows’s attorneys did not immediately respond to a request for a comment. A spokesman for the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, which is assisting the grand jury, declined to comment.
Fulton County prosecutors have described Meadows as a key witness in the investigation and have indicated that they want to question him about a phone call Trump made to Brad Raffensperger, the Georgia secretary of state, which Meadows helped facilitate.
Trump personally urged Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to overturn his defeat in the state, where Biden claimed victory by fewer than 12,000 votes. Trump has insisted that the election there was marred by fraud, although multiple legal inquiries have found no evidence of that.
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