Meadows, who served as former President Donald Trump’s last chief-of-staff, was indicted in August with Trump and 17 others in connection with their attempt to subvert the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.
It has been observed that Donald Trump made false claims about the 2020 US presidential election being rigged against him. He took several measures to overturn the results in Georgia and other states where he lost. The former president leaned on Republican officials in several states to persuade them to reverse the results.
During a now-infamous phone call, Trump urged Georgia’s secretary of state to “find” him 11,780 votes, which would have made him the winner of the state. Meadows was on the call at the time.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis alleges that Trump and Meadows tried to coerce the secretary of state into violating his oath of office. Willis is prosecuting them and their fellow codefendants under Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). It is noted that both have pleaded not guilty.
Attorneys for Meadows argued that he was simply carrying out his duties as the president’s chief of staff, and therefore his case should be removed to federal court. But for the second time, a federal court rejected that argument.
“At bottom, whatever the chief of staff’s role with respect to state election administration, that role does not include altering valid election results in favor of a particular candidate,” Chief Judge William Pryor wrote in a 47-page opinion issued on Monday by a three-judge panel. “So there is no ‘casual connection’ between Meadows’s ‘official authority’ and his alleged participation in the conspiracy.”