The South Carolina Supreme Court unanimously ordered Mark Meadows To appear before a grand jury. To testify is a former White House chief of staff in the Atlanta area looking into Donald Trump’s attempt to rig the Georgia election.
“We have examined [Meadows’] arguments and find them to be manifest without merit.” The justices of South Carolina’s Supreme Court stated in a concise opinion.
The decision upheld a lower court’s decision. It requires Meadows to state in connection with the Fulton County grand jury investigation run by District Attorney Fani Willis. It is uncertain if Meadows will still appear for testimony as initially scheduled for November 30.
The spokesperson did not immediately answer meadows’ attorneys and Willis’ Requests for comment.
The decision of the five-member court is only three paragraphs long. The “exigent circumstances involved” as mention, but the disagreement left out.
In September, Willis requested Meadows’ testimony as part of her thorough investigation into Trump’s efforts. Allies of Donald Trump attempted to sabotage the Georgia election. It includes his request that Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger “find” enough votes to reverse victory in the state for Joe Biden.
Following procedures many states have agreed upon to enforce court orders for testimony. Which is issued by courts in another form. The dispute over the Meadows’ subpoena ended. Before the South Carolina courts. Willis must first obtain the consent of local courts to compel testimony from out-of-state residents. Meadows is a South Carolina resident.
Similar efforts by Willis to elicit testimony from non-Georgia residents. Such as former national security adviser Mike Flynn and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani. It is supported by New York and Florida courts.
Many high-ranking members of Trump’s inner circle. Particularly those most closely connected to his effort to rig the results of the 2020 election. It is compelled to testify before Willis’ grand jury. She is pursuing Potential witnesses, including John Eastman, Jenna Ellis, Boris Epshteyn, and Kenneth Chesebro. After the US Supreme Court, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) spoke and gave Willis permission to question him, also provided testimony recently.
Willis has also looked into it. As part of a more significant effort by the Trump campaign to thwart the transfer of power on January 6, 2021. Trump’s allies in Georgia signed documents claiming to be the state’s legitimate presidential electors.
The essential person ordered to appear in her investigation is Meadows. Along with playing a significant part in Trump’s orbit in the weeks leading up to January 6, Meadows also went to Georgia during the state’s post-election audit and spoke on the phone with Raffensperger with Trump on January 2, 2021.
The state courts rejected Meadows’ claim that executive privilege prevented him from testifying before the grand jury in a South Carolina county court.