What Is Former Trump Chief of Staff Meadows Think He Is Doing? Watch
Former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows filed an emergency motion on Tuesday asking a federal judge to block his arrest in connection with the ongoing criminal investigation into election interference in Georgia.
Meadows is one of 19 people who have been indicted by a grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia, on charges of conspiracy to commit election fraud and related offenses. The indictment alleges that Meadows and the other defendants participated in a scheme to pressure Georgia election officials to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
“Absent this Court’s intervention, Mr. Meadows will be denied the protection from arrest that federal law affords former federal officials,” Meadows’ attorneys wrote to U.S. District Court Judge Steven Jones.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis charged individuals under Georgia’s RICO Act, which allows prosecutors to connect various crimes committed by multiple defendants and argue that they were working together toward a criminal goal — and were therefore part of a “criminal enterprise.”
“Unfortunately, the state is set on subjecting Mr. Meadows to criminal process in Georgia as quickly as it can and without regard to his pending efforts to remove the case to federal court,” Meadows’s lawyer said in the filing. “In addition to threatening arrest on Friday — in advance of this court’s Monday hearing — the state has also sought a scheduling order that would proceed exceptionally fast for a 19-defendant, 41-count prosecution.”
Meadows asked Willis for “a modest extension of that [Friday at Noon] deadline,” adding he had hoped to “be prepared to meet and confer … immediately following the federal court hearing—which is scheduled for less than one business day after the current deadline” to “discuss the best path forward based on the outcome of the hearing, including a prompt voluntary surrender in Fulton County, if appropriate.”
But Willis denied the request on Tuesday morning and “made clear that she would arrest Mr. Meadows before this Court’s hearing if he does not agree to bond terms and voluntarily surrender.”
“I am not granting any extensions. I gave 2 weeks for people to surrender themselves to the court. Your client is no different than any other criminal defendant in this jurisdiction,” Willis said in the letter, according to court filings.
"I believe today that Mark Meadows has sung like a canary already to Jack Smith."
Former GOP Rep. @DavidJollyFL tells @NicolleDWallace why he thinks Mark Meadows has flipped on Donald Trump in the Georgia 2020 election interference case. https://t.co/nLmpnyDspj pic.twitter.com/iqxGzJt0NO
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