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Who is Mark Meadows? Charged with attempting to rig Georgia 2020 election

BY Shahzad Saeed Aug 24, 2023. 06:29 pm UPDATED: Aug 24, 2023. 06:29 pm

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Election interference was alleged against former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows, who was indicted alongside the former president.

Mark Meadows, who is he?

Mark Meadows, the conservative driving force behind the Freedom Caucus and former Chief of Staff to Donald Trump, is now facing a criminal indictment in Georgia, which is a significant development that intensifies the legal uncertainty surrounding the inner circle of the former president. Late Monday night, Fulton County District Attorney Fanni Willis unveiled a broad indictment, upending Meadows’ legal defenses and signaling a turning point in his attempts to avoid legal responsibility for his actions during the final weeks of Trump’s presidency.

With this indictment, Meadows joins a group of influential leaders who have been accused of crimes related to their positions in the highest levels of government. Meadows might now be writing his name into a similar infamy as HR Haldeman, the notorious figure from the Nixon era who became embroiled in the Watergate scandal.

The RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) law of Georgia is cited in the indictment against Meadows, which is a serious accusation that emphasizes the seriousness of the charges leveled against him. In connection with his participation in the contentious phone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on January 2, 2021, he is also charged with an additional count. Raffensperger was under pressure from Trump during the call to secure enough votes to change the election results in his favor.

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Throughout the entire indictment, Meadows’ connections to the larger conspiracy are described. Particularly noteworthy is his outreach to Pennsylvania state legislators, which Fulton County District Attorney Fanni Willis claims contributed to the development of the alleged conspiracy.

The fact that the former chief of staff was not named as an unindicted co-conspirator in a prior indictment concerning actions after the election fueled the rumor that he might be aiding federal investigations. The interactions Meadows had with the House committee on January 6 came under scrutiny as well. The text messages provided by Meadows, including those from his former top aide Cassidy Hutchinson, shed light on his behavior during the Capitol riot even though the Justice Department decided not to pursue contempt charges after he stopped cooperating.

The consequences faced by those who sought to undermine the democratic process after the 2020 election are highlighted by Mark Meadows’ trajectory from an influential conservative advocate to a central figure in a complex legal narrative. This is because the legal net is closing around people who were once firmly ensconced in Trump’s orbit.

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